Working while you study
Many students decide to find a part-time job in Australia to earn some extra money whilst studying to cover living expenses and to gain some valuable work experience. Part-time work in Australia is very well paid, earning over $20 an hour, which can help you to cover the cost of living while studying.
You can work up to 40 hours every two weeks while studying in Australia on a student visa.
To work in Australia you must have a Tax File Number (TFN) and an Australian bank account is highly recommended.
Both International students working in Australia, as well as international students on a working holiday visa have basic work rights and entitlement – the same as any Australian citizen. These rights entitle you to;
- a safe and healthy work environment
- break and rest period
- challenge of unfair dismissal from the job
- a wage that meets the legal national minimum wage including any ‘award’ wages
If you feel you are being treated unfairly or unethically, make sure you contact Fairwork Ombusdman who provide free services to all workers in Australia.