The law does not mention the submission of medical reports in support of an asylum seeker’s claim. When these are presented, the Refugee Commissioner treats them as documentary evidence presented by the applicant. Practitioners who have assisted a number of asylum seekers at first instance note that medical reports are taken into consideration, especially with regard to applicants with mental health problems. In these cases, reports provided by medical professionals are given considerable weight in the evaluation of the applicant’s need for protection. Medical reports documenting torture and other violence are not routinely provided by asylum applicants.
The Refugee Commissioner noted in 2018, that it has very rarely requested an applicant to undergo a medical examination. Where it does occur, the examination is paid for from public funds. No such request was made in 2018, and there is no information available for 2019 or 2020.
Medical or professional reports are nonetheless necessary for a referral to the fast-track procedure for vulnerable applicants.
 Information provided by the Refugee Commissioner, January 2019.