Following on from a related thread..........
I just called DIAC to clear something up that I think a lot of 457 visa holders get duff info on.
I was told: If you qualify and register for Medicare (via the reciprocal healthcare agreement Australia has with the UK) then is DOES suffice as basic health cover to satisfy condition 8501 of the 457 visa.
If anyone has any doubts you can ring DIAC on 131 881
Their website used to state this in their FAQ section but doesn't anymore. I was told there hasn't been a change in legislation but the wording of the website has changed.
I would expect a lot of UK 457 visa holders might be paying for private health insurance that they don't need to. You need to be a passport holder from a country that has a reciprocal arrangement though. The UK does.
I recommend you check this for yourself - this was just the bones of the phonecall I had a few minutes ago.