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International students, studying in Australia have the chance of working while studying in multiple disciplines including hospitality, tourism, clerical, sales, and tutoring. This is a great way to collect some additional money to aid your living costs and also experience Australian life in a full-fledged manner. A student can work up to 40 hours a fortnight (14 days). However, it is paramount that you abide by the restrictions placed upon you; failing to do so will result in your visa being revoked and you could be deported out of Australia.

The obvious reason,  being the extra income what are the other-other benefits?

  1. Improved resume 

Working while studying is the best way to develop your soft skills, which is extremely important. From being organized, talking to customers and managing your time, you are bound to learn so many skills, which will enhance your productivity and knowledge base. Even from the most basic jobs, you may learn something valuable.

  1. English Language improvement

 What’s the best way to learn a foreign language? Complete immersion! This can be easily achieved by engaging in work. You will get the chance to speak with natives, engage in real life experiences, where your English knowledge is used in a practical sense.

  1. Networking

 By working, the international students are able to meet new people, create a circle of friends outside and also create a professional network. Such contacts will definitely aid in the past graduate job search.

  1. Industry Experience

 By working as early as your university years, you can be really ahead of your game in becoming employed right after your graduation. Whether you are studying hospitality to management, going the relevant work experience will take you a long way.


Conditions for international students 

  • You cannot work until you have commenced your course.
  • When your course is in session, you are permitted to work only 40 hours per fortnight (part-time). Any amount of hours (full-time) when your course is out of session.
  • If you are a postgraduate research student and have commenced your masters by research or doctoral degree in Australia, there is no limit on the number of hours you may work. Same applies to your family members we well.
  • Family members accompanying the international student, under the student visa have the same work rights as the student. They too cannot commence work until after the student has started his or her course.
  • Work that is registered as part of your course is not included in the 40 hours per fortnight limitation.

What kind of jobs are available?

The availability of the jobs depend on the course you are studying and its level; also on the specialist knowledge that you might possess. Many opportunities are available in the service sector, as well as the universities itself!

Such examples are :- Lab assistants, computer technicians, administration positions, hospitality jobs, sales executives etc.

Whatever the work that you undertake, it is essential to maintain good academic standards and abide by the working conditions in order to retain the right to work because your main purpose is to study in Australia, thus paid work remains secondary to this.



Written by Gayara Rajapakshe
Team UniSnap

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