Like many international students, you may get a part time or casual job to supplement your income while studying in Australia.
All university/College/TAFE students are eligible to apply for a work permit which allows them to work for up to 40 hours a fortnight in any field (skilled, semi-skilled or trades).
The Fair Work Act ensures that students receive the benefit of certain key safeguards and protections. All workers in Australia (irrespective of their visa status) are entitled to basic rights and conditions, including;
- Federal Minimum Wage of $ 18.29 per hour
- Minimum (legal) guarantees – please see the factsheet provided by the Fair Work Ombudsman
The National Employment Standards applicable to part-time and casual employees
Access to the Fair Work Ombudsman if you believe you are not receiving your minimum rights and conditions at work
Your eligibility (as a student) to work rights allows you to supplement your income, gain valuable core employment skills and (in some instances) gain entry-level experience in your field of study/specialisation.
In today’s competitive work environment, any experience earned during your studies will be an added advantage; not only in terms of strengthening your resume but also in giving you the skills and confidence to secure a job in your desired field once you graduate.
While students are limited to working 40 hours a fortnight while their study semester is ongoing, they are allowed to work full time during holidays.
It is important that you abide by the requirements of your visa, so if you have any employment-related queries related to your visa, you can contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or get in touch with one of our team members who will be happy to assist you.
You can also get in contact with us to discuss your long-term career outcomes when deciding on your course or university. Our team can guide you through the best higher education pathway options for you to achieve your professional goals.