Can I work during study in Australia/NZ?

You can enter Australia on your student visa up to 90 days before your course starts. Within seven days of arrival, you must inform your education provider of your resident address, and also inform them within seven days if you change address.

While on a student visa, you may work up to 40 hours per fortnight during term time, and full-time in the holidays. The visa is automatically issued with permission to work, although you are not allowed to begin working until your course has started, and should not rely on work in order to support yourself or your family while in Australia. If you’re studying a master’s by research or a PhD you do not have any work restrictions. Keep in mind that any work required as part of your course is not included in the limit. Voluntary/unpaid work is not included in the 40 hour limit if it is genuinely voluntary, for a non-profit organization and for the benefit of the community.

What about working after completing the course?

You can continue to live and work in Australia after completing your studies by applying for permanent residency . There is a specific permanent residency visa for international students who have graduated from Australian study. Remember though that permanent residency regulations and eligibility criteria often change, so you shouldn’t rely on your study as being a direct path to permanent residency.

How much can a student earn in Australia while studying?

It depends on a student's visa status, age, and past experience.

Example (1)
A 16-18 years old foreign national with no previous work experience, living & studying in Australia on a student visa - you can work maximum 20 hours per week.
Average income is 15 - 19 dollars per hour.

Example (2)
A 20- 30 years old foreign national with some previous work experience, living & studying in Australia on a student visa - you can work maximum 20 hours per week.
Average income is 20 - 30 dollars per hour.
Rest, it also depends on your specific circumstances, level of skills, City you live in, your communication skills etc.

Where can I find work?

You can go to a local shopping center or shopping strip and hand your resume into stores. Ask the manager whether they have any positions available — if they don’t, you can ask to leave your resume with them to keep in mind for future vacancies.
Australia has a wide range of industries and many have part time employment opportunities, including:

  • Retail - supermarkets, department and clothing stores.
  • Hospitality - cafes, bars and restaurants.
  • Tourism - hotels and motels.
  • Agricultural - farming and fruit-picking.
  • Sales and telemarketing.
  • Administration or Clerical roles.
  • Tutoring.


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