Working while Studying
If you decide to work a part-time job while studying there are a few things to consider.
It's important to make sure the extra workload doesn’t negatively affect your studies. Here are some resources to aid your awareness of student visa conditions surrounding working hours and to be sure that you are being treated fairly by your employer.
- Check your visa conditions and read information from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) regarding restrictions on your work.
- You can check your conditions on your visa grant letter or use DHA's Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
- As a student visa holder, you can work no more than 48 hours per fortnight while studying. Work that forms a compulsory part of your course doesn't count towards the 48 hours (e.g. compulsory placements that are required to complete your program).
- If you were already working in the aged care sector on 9 May 2023, you can work unrestricted hours in the aged care sector until 31 December 2023.
- During University breaks, you are able to work more than 48 hours in a fortnight.
- Please see DHA's website for more comprehensive information: Department of Home Affairs - check visa details and conditions
In addition to your visa conditions, there are also working conditions you need to be aware of if you are going to work in Australia.
Make sure you understand these things before agreeing to work in Australia.
- You will need to obtain a tax file number and provide this to your employer.
- The FairWork Ombudsman offers an helpful overview of your workplace rights in Australia.
- There are State and Federal awards to protect workers' entitlements. Most legal pay rates and working conditions are set down in these awards.
- SafeWork SA provides advice on employment conditions in Australia on a State and National level.
- Workers rights information maintained by the Department of Home Affairs - check visa details and conditions.