Working while Studying

Working in Australia

Working in Australia is very easy to do while you are a student – after graduation, it's more difficult. Remember, as an international student, you should never expect to live on the money you make while studying, but the extra income can certainly help you meet your budget. As a general rule, students can work for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and full time during school breaks.

Work After Graduation

After graduation, many international students want to stay in Australia and work - this section has helpful information as international graduates try to extend their stay in Australia. However, Australia continues to have demand for foreign workers, and students that have earned a degree in Australia have a special work visa category. There are also several other visa categories open to international students, and Australia has a very straightforward path to permanent residency using a points system. If you want to stay and work after you graduate, you must apply and obtain a work visa.

If you are thinking about covering your expenses by working while you study in Australia, please check with the appropriate government office first, as different visas (discussed below) have different stipulations on this. Students studying full-time in Australia for more than three months automatically receive a work visa when applying for an Australian student visa, and are permitted to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during a semester and unlimited hours during term break.