Working in Australia
International students receive permission to work with their visa grant ,and they are restricted to a maximum of 20 hours work per week during semester, however you are allowed to work unlimited hours during semester breaks. Before you start work you must apply for an Australian tax file number — you can find the application information on the Australian Taxation Office website.
For more information on working in Australia read the fact sheet from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship
The benefits of working in Australia
- Course-related work is an advantage in the graduate labour market
- Casual work provides useful income for students
- Provides opportunities to practice your English language skills, meet new people and develop useful contacts.
Your rights while working in Australia
Before commencing paid work in Australia you should be aware of your rights and responsibilities as an employee. Here are some things to watch out for after starting work in Australia:
- Make sure you are being paid at or above the minimum rate of pay.
- Think carefully about doing unpaid ‘trial work’. You should be paid for all work you undertake (unless you are volunteering or undertaking work experience arranged through your education provider)
- Take time to carefully read through any contract or Australian Workplace Agreement you are asked to sign.