When you start thinking about applying for student visa (subclass 500), you start looking for student visa conditions. The first question which we usually receive from our students is about working conditions. So let's leave the mystery behind and reveal the truth.
I have been working with international students since 2007 and the working conditions used to be 20 hours per week and unlimited hours during scheduled school holidays.
However Department of Home Affairs has changed the work limitation and it's now allowed to work 40 hours fortnightly. The reason behind was to provide international students more flexibility with their work schedules. A lot of students think, it’s the same but it actually isn’t. Let's say if you work within hospitality industry or anywhere else with a flexible work schedule, you can work one week 15 hours and the other week 25 hours which is a total of 40 hours fortnightly which is perfectly fine and in line with the working conditions on student visa in Australia. As long as you still follow all of your student visa conditions, you're fine.
So when can I start working on student visa???
This condition means that you must not engage in any work before your course of study commences. You are also not permitted to work more than 40 hours per fortnight when you are in Australia when your course of study is in session.
Note the 40 hour requirement does not apply if you are engaged in work that was specified as a requirement of the course when the course particulars were entered into the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students and the student visa was granted for a Master degree by research or doctoral degree.
Dos and don’ts for working in Australia on a student visa
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Pavla and the Study Online Australia team
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