Australia: Study and Work

Published On: 16 Jul 2012

 | Last Updated On: 21 Dec 2012

The vocational education and training provided by Australian educational institutions provides its students with practical skills needed it work place. Since the training provided is the best world wide, students can develop the work skills in a stimulated environment. This gives you an edge over other graduates from other countries.

Can you work in Australia while studying?

Yes, international students are allowed to work while studying if you have been granted permission to work. As international students, there are certain restrictions laid on the number of hours you can work.

What are the conditions for working while studying?

  • If you were granted a Student visa on or after 26 April 2008, you and your dependent family members will already have Permission to Work automatically included with your visa.
  • If you were granted a Student visa before 26 April 2008 and have not yet applied for Permission to Work, you and your family members may only apply for Permission to Work after you have started your course in Australia. 
  • You cannot undertake work until you have commenced your course in Australia. When your course has commenced you can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during the term and unlimited hours when your course is not in session.

Click here for details on the Conditions for working while studying

How can you find jobs?

Students can find jobs through various newspapers, job advertisements and websites. One could also contact the student centre or the institution's careers office for jobs. Keep an eye for vacancies in local business outlets and notice boards.  

Types of work for international students:

Administration, retail and hospitality are few sectors in which international students often find jobs. The pay depends on the type of job you choose.You will also be paid for working on holidays and Sundays. Being a tutor for younger students will also a way to earn in Australia. 

Work entitlements:

As an international student, it is very important for you to understand the duties you are expected to fulfill . Also make sure to ask your new employer about details on the work hours, wages, holidays, breaksand training. It is very important for a student to take up a job that allows you enough time to study.

What is the pay?

As per the job classification and your age, you will be entitled to receive the minimum wages. However, some employers may even pay you more than the basic wages you are entitled to receive. The current federal minimum wage (as at 1 July 2011) is $15.51 per hour before tax.

Read more about minimum wages in Australia at www.fairwork.gov.au

Superannuation

If you work in Australia as an international student, and are paid $450 or more in a calendar month, you may be entitled to superannuation.  Visit the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website at www.ato.gov.au for more information on superannuation providers and how to change providers.

You must also comply with the State and Territory laws of Australia. Under all State and Territory laws, you cannot work during school hours if you are under the school leaving age, which in most states is 15 years of age.  Click here for details on How to apply for work permission

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