Work in Australia

Study and Work in Australia

Australia is a great place to study and work as an international student. According to regulations you can start working as soon as you start your course in a College or University. Student visa working hours depend on the degree of education that you have chosen. You can work part-time when you are studying:

You can work fulltime when you study either:

By working on the side or your studies you gain international experience, cover your living and study expenses, and improve your fluency in English. Another popular way of gaining experience is an international students internship, which can also be a paid internship. Some Colleges and Universities offer this as part of the course, otherwise you can do it as an elective or on the side of your degree.

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Australia has a very low unemployment rate –only 6%. Thanks to a strong economy it can easily ensure good working conditions not only to its citizens but also to international students, immigrants and visitors. As a student you can easily find employment –usually in labouring jobs– within the first few weeks after arrival. Jobs that pay better and offer more opportunities of development require good English and documented qualifications in particular field. Ultimately your employment options will depend on your preferences, skills, experience as well as spoken and written English. Many fields, however, depend on international students and, therefore, active job seekers easily get jobs.

If you want to work in Australia you will need a bank account, a Tax File Number (TFN) and a resume written in English. Keep in mind that Australian employers tend to value experience more than diplomas and certificates, and nearly always require references from previous employers. According to official government data the minimum salary in Australia in 2020 is AU$19.84 per hour (or $753.80 per week), and must be adhered by all businesses operating in Australia. Alternatively, you can also start your own business and for that you require an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Our agency has been operating in the Australian market for years and that translates to one major advantage that differentiates us from others: affiliations. We will let you take full advantage of our database of allied businesses seeking employees. We cannot guarantee you’ll succeed -it all depends on you- but if you really put your head and your heart in it you will not end up with a stale bread roll somewhere on Bondi Beach 😉

Popular business branches hiring overseas students:

  • hospitality (café’s, bars and restaurants)
  • trade (supermarkets, shopping centers and clothing shops)
  • tourism (hotels and motels)
  • sales
  • administration
  • cleaning
  • construction work
  • farm work (fruit picking)

Examples of remuneration per hour:

  • waiter – $15-$30 (plus tips)
  • cleaning – $15-$25
  • kitchen hand – $12-$18
  • child minding/ au pair /elderly care – $15-$25
  • chef – $15-$25
  • personal trainer – $30-$50
  • lifeguard – $15-$40
  • painter / labourer – $15-$35

Popular job listing websites:

What are the work rules for International Students?

If you want to work on a student visa in Australia, you must meet certain conditions. First of all, you must have an approved visa and your course must be ongoing.
Student visa working hours depending on the course you choose, please find all details below:

SINGLE PARTNER
ENGLISH COURSE / VET / BACHELOR Part-time
(40 h a fortnight)
Part-time
(40 h a fortnight)
MASTER Part-time
(40 h a fortnight)
Fulltime
MASTER BY RESEARCH / PHD Fulltime Fulltime

For more information about work rules for international students click here.

Do I need to apply for a special work permission with my visa applications?

You don’t have to apply for a special work permission with your visa application.

Working hour limits are set in advance by the Australian Government. Your working hours depends on the course that you are completing. You automatically get the right to work, but you can only start working when your course at the College or university starts.

Is working on a student visa a typical thing?

Working on a student visa in Australia is very popular. Students work to improve fluency in English, get to know the local culture, earn living expenses while living in Australia and reach their international experience.

How can an international student get a job in Australia?

Before starting your job search, you will need a bank account, a Tax File Number (TFN) and resume written in English. Keep in mind that Australian employers tend to value experience more than diplomas and certificates.

There are many ways that you can look for a job, depending on the job position that you are interested in. You can apply online through the most popular websites such as:

  • Seek seek.com.au
  • CareerOne careerone.com.au
  • My Career mycareer.com.au
  • Australian Job Search (government-funded job search site) jobsearch.gov.au

If you are looking for hospitality work, a personal resume and face-to-face conversation with the manager is very popular and increases your chances in finding a job quickly.

In every major city you can also find groups on FB where many companies publish their job advertisements.

As you can see, there are many options!

Is it hard for international students to get a job in Australia?

It all depends on your approach! 🙂 Finding a job in Australia shouldn’t be too difficult, especially in big cities such as Sydney or Melbourne. The most important thing is that you prepare well for it: write a resume according to Australian standards, do the appropriate courses, such as if you want to start working in Hospitality (Responsible Service of Alcohol – RSA) or Construction (White Card) and don’t forget about a positive attitude! Employers often want to contact your references, therefore, remember to add them into your resume.

What jobs can international students do in Australia?

The job market in Australia is huge and it brings great opportunities. As a student you can work in any profession, as long as you have the appropriate qualifications and certificates authorising you to practice the given profession in Australia. When you come to the “land of kangaroos” on a student visa, you can usually work 40 hours fortnight during your studies and fulltime during school holidays. Most students catch casual jobs to gain invaluable experience for their future careers.

If we were to make a list of the most popular jobs that international students undertake, it would be the following:

  • Hospitality – café’s, bars, restaurants and delivery services
  • Trade – supermarkets, shopping centers, boutiques and clothing shops
  • Tourism – hotels and motels
  • Sales
  • Administration
  • Services – childcare, aged care and cleaning
  • Construction work and painting
  • Farm work – fruit and vegetable picking
How much can an international student earn in Australia?

According to official government data the minimum salary in Australia in 2020 is AU$19.84 per hour (or $753.80 per week), and must be adhered by all businesses operating in Australia.

Which course is the most demanding in Australia?

The choice of the study field depends on many factors. Usually it is related to actual interests and skills, sometimes it is dictated by current trends in the most forward-looking directions and course availability for international students.

It is hard to say what might be difficult or most demanding for just you. In general history, marketing and journalism are difficult directions for a scientific mind. For a humanist, all faculties related to science might be demanding. The degree of difficulty is very subjective depending on how much time and effort you want to put into your studies. Overall, it is considered that law, medicine, construction or IT are difficult fields of studies, but remember – not for everyone! Moreover, when you want to study in Australia, the language barrier is often an additional challenge and learning curve. However, it is worth remembering that what one person finds demanding might be easy for another person.

When choosing to study, it is important to choose a field related to your skills and interests to be sure that you can do well at the University and get a satisfying job in the future.

How long can international students stay in Australia after graduation?

You can stay in Australia after you course end date as long as your visa is valid for. The visa is valid as follows:

Your course… Your visa is valid…
…duration under 10 months …for 1 month after your course end date
…duration over 10 months …for 2 months after your course end date
…finishing between end of November or December …until 15th of March the following year

If you decide that you want to stay longer after completing your course or study further in Australia you can apply for another visa while you are in Australia.

There is also a temporary work visa called Temporary Graduate visa, subclass 485. This visa is valid between 18 months and 4 years. You may be eligible for it if you have completed certain 2-year Vocation courses or Higher Education degrees in Australia. To find out more click here.

Which master degree is most valuable in Australia?

Like everywhere in the word, the job market in Australia changes slightly every year, however, there are fields that have been in vogue for many years and will probably remain so. Here is a list of the top 10 courses of 2020 in Australia:

  • Business Management
  • Medical Science
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Computing and IT
  • Business Analytics
  • Geology
  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Internet of Things
  • Construction and Urban Planning

Source: studyabroad.shiksha.com, abeservices.in

Is it possible to get Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia after studies?

Definitely yes! Coming to Australia on student visa is one of the first steps towards Permanent Residency. There are, however, many requirements for PR, so you can contact us here or get referred to one of our trusted immigration lawyers for a consultation.

How many hours can students work in australia?

Working hours for international students in Australia depend on the course and level that you chosen, as well as your visa conditions. Please find all details below:

SINGLE PARTNER
ENGLISH COURSE / VET / BACHELOR Part-time
(40 h a fortnight)
Part-time
(40 h a fortnight)
MASTER Part-time
(40 h a fortnight)
Fulltime
MASTER BY RESEARCH / PHD Fulltime Fulltime

For more information about work rules for international students click here.

What if international students work more than 20 hours a week in Australia?

Working hours for international students in Australia are limited and are stated in your visa conditions. It is illegal to work more than the approved hours and as a result your visa can be canceled and you will be deported from Australia with a potential ban to return for a certain time period.