Est. 1988

Life in Australia

Working in Australia


One of the many advantages of studying in Australia is that international students are allowed to work part time while completing their studies, to assist with living expenses, gain work experience in the areas they study and make new friends. Many international students do work part-time when they study in Australia.


Get Prepared


A good resume is the first important step to start with. Before students start searching and applying for jobs, they need to prepare a resume.  Many institutions have a careers service that will be able to assist students with writing and formatting a professional resume that lists fully students’ education, skills, interests, previous experience, referees etc.


Check Eligibility 


International students have permission to work with their student visa. Once students have started their course, they will be allowed to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while their study program is in session, and unlimited hours during the semester breaks or vacations. Before students start undertaking any type of paid work, they must check carefully that their current visa allows them to work.


Tax File Number (TRN)


Students need to get a tax file number to work in Australia. Visit the Australian Taxation Office website at to find out more information on getting a tax file number, as well as information about paying taxes in Australia.


Basic Rights


Everyone working in Australia, including international students or those on working holiday visas, have basic rights at work no matter how long they stay in Australia.   Students are entitled to:

  • A minimum wage
  • Challenge of unfair dismissal from the job
  • Breaks and rest periods
  • A healthy and safe work environment


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