Working in Australia provides opportunities to practice your English language skills, meet new people, develop useful contacts and experience local life.
International students are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when the course is in session, and unlimited hours when the course is out of session.
Postgraduate research students:
Can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during any preliminary courses you undertake
Once masters or doctoral degrees have commenced, there is no limit on the number of hours students may work.
Your accompanied family members also are permitted to work in Australia. Family members must not start work until you have commenced your course in Australia. In addition, family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight at all times unless you have commenced a course towards a masters or doctoral degree and holds a Student visa (subclass 500). In this case there is no limit on the number of hours a family member might work.
You should also be aware of your rights and responsibilities as an employee before commencing paid work in Australia.
Before starting work, you must apply for an Australian Tax File Number (TFN). Application information is available on the Australian Taxation Office website.
Make sure you are being paid at or above the minimum rate of pay and that you are subject to the appropriate working conditions The Fair Work Ombudsman Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements. It is against the law to be paid 'cash in hand'.