We get asked lots of questions here at Study Online Australia which we love to answer! So in this week’s blog post, we’re going to talk all things international student work rights.
When you apply for a student visa, you are committing to the conditions listed - which means making sure you’re not breaching the rules at work. But not everyone’s story is the same so we’ve rounded up the most useful information out there for students and secondary applicants alike.
From how many hours you’re allowed to work to temporary relaxation of working hours due to the Covid-19 pandemic, find out everything you need to know about student work rights in Australia below.
Are you allowed to work on a student visa in Australia?
Yes but you must always refer to your visa grant letter and fulfil the conditions attached to your student visa.
How many hours can I work on a student visa?
One of the biggest factors to consider when applying for a student visa is the work limitations.
Under student visa condition 8105, you must obey the following rules:
When can I work more than 40 hours a fortnight?
You can only work over 40 hours a fortnight:
Please refer to the Home Affairs website for the full list of conditions relevant to your visa.
You can find further information on work hours and how to get a job in Australia in our dedicated blog post.
Can secondary applicants work on a student visa in Australia?
Yes, secondary applicants (family members or de facto partners) can work in Australia but there are limitations depending upon your individual case. Always refer to your visa grant letter and the full list of visa conditions on Home Affairs.
Please remember that every case is different so if you’re unsure of your visa work rights, seek legal advice or contact Home Affairs directly.
What documents do I need to provide to my employer?
As a student holder, you will need to provide evidence of:
Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders
As a consequence to the Covid-19 pandemic, work limitations for specific student visa holders have recently changed.
At the time this blog post was written (May 2021), you can work more than 40 hours a fortnight if you meet the following criteria:
What are my work rights as an international student in Australia?
The Fair Work Ombudsman works as a point of contact for free advice and information on Australian work rights. This is a really helpful corner of the internet when it comes to understanding National Employment Standards (NES) which covers public holidays, types of leave and notice periods if you are fired.
If you're having an issue at work, you can report an issue anonymously to the Fair Work Ombudsman.
If you have any questions about your work rights, please contact our expert team for free support and advice.
Pavla, The Director