Assuming one works in Australia on a 457 visa, can they access the public health insurance scheme? If not, can they get a refund of taxes paid for health insurance and social security?


As a temporary resident (a foreigner who is considered a resident for tax purposes), unless your country has a reciprocal​ agreement with Australia, you're not eligible to Medicare benefits, thus you can get a refund of your 2% Medicare levy at tax time.

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    But what if you're a tax resident in a given year? Temporary workers can stay for up to two years. Apr 27 '17 at 5:19
  • @JonathanReez I updated my answer with a link. As a temporary resident who is not entitled to Medicare you don't need to pay the 2% levy.
    – Boj
    Apr 28 '17 at 0:31

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