Migration Health Requirements and the Welcoming Disability Campaign

Under present migration regulations in Australia most visa applicants need to satisfy the
health requirements that they do not have chronic medical conditions or disabilities needing
health care or community services which will cost more than $49,000 over 10 years.

The Welcoming Disability Campaign formally launched on Thursday has requested the
government to implement the recommendations of the 2010 Enabling Australia report.
This joint parliamentary review found that migration health requirements unfairly discriminate
against people with disabilities. However a spokesperson for the Department of Home
Affairs said the legislation is not discriminatory as it is applied to all relevant visa applicants.

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