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For many, Australia is the dream destination for studying abroad. It’s a wonderful place with a plethora of possibilities. However, the cost of living can be a little steep for some. So it comes as no surprise that many international students would consider getting a part-time job. 

But first, the million-dollar question:

Can International Students Work Part-Time in Australia?

The short answer is, yes. Student visa holders in Australia can work 48 hours per fortnight at their part-time jobs during study terms, but have no work restrictions during course breaks. This is to allow students the time to focus on their studies and receive quality education.

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Aside from the working hour restriction, students must:

  • Maintain their course enrolment
  • Ensure satisfactory course attendance
  • Ensure satisfactory course progress

Failing to fulfil any of the conditions above would be considered a breach of your student visa. That’s why it’s important that you know your rights and responsibilities if you plan to work while studying.

International Students Have the Same Workplace Rights as Australians

Whether you’re a permanent part-time worker or contracted to work remotely, you’ll receive the same rights and protections as an Australian worker. So before you get started on your new job, here’s what you need to know:

  • You must be paid at least the minimum wage​: $23.23 per hour
  • ​You are obligated to pay tax on your income
  • You are entitled to a payslip
  • Should you be hired as a casual worker, know that you are not obligated to work a certain number of hours each week

There are plenty of fields to choose from when job hunting in the Land Down Under. Whether it’s in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne or Sydney, you’ll never be short on part-time jobs in Australia.

With careful research, you might even be able to work at a place with flexible working arrangements. You could even consider taking up a part-time position at your university, to save on travel time and give yourself the added benefit of convenience.

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Top Part-Time Jobs for International Students

Part-time jobs in the hospitality and food services sector are considered a popular choice among international students, with roles such as wait staff, kitchen staff, and food delivery agents being in high demand.

But if that’s not your cup of tea, try the retail industry. It’s another popular choice, with sales associates, customer service representatives, and cashiers being common positions.

International students can also find part-time work in the administration and office support sector, securing positions in data entry and general office assistance.

Pro tip: Choose an industry that best suits you and your ability to work. This will help you adapt better and strike a balance between studying and working.

The Advantages of Working Part-Time While Studying

Aside from the financial boost, there are plenty of other benefits that come with working part-time during your studies:

1. Build a better resume

Whether it’s an internship at a prestigious tech company or serving coffee at the local cafe, you’ll gain technical skills that will prove useful for your future career. For example, working as a waiter will help provide you with knowledge in customer service. You’ll also develop interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt to a new environment — traits that are highly sought after by employers.

2. Improve Your English-Language Skills

If English isn’t your first language, having a part-time job would be a great way to improve your language skills. It will push you out of your comfort zone and give you the opportunity to use English in real-world situations, which will help you expand your vocabulary and improve your fluency.

3. Build your professional network

Working while studying abroad can help you build your professional network a.k.a. a group of people you can rely on for support, advice, and job opportunities. This is especially important if you plan to stay in Australia after your studies.

Pro tip: Set your sights on a job in the industry of your preferred career. This will make networking easier, and provide you with stronger letters of recommendation.

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Australia, the Dream University Destination 

The Land Down Under is a land of many opportunities — stunning landscapes, a vibrant urban life, and (of course) world-class universities. If you plan on studying in Australia, you’re in for a life and learning experience unlike any other. 

So, if you’re an international high-school graduate looking to study abroad, put yourself back on the university track with UniFastTrack Transition Program Online (TPO), a fully online pathway program certified by UNSW College and delivered by OpenLearning.

Contact our Student Advisors today for a free eligibility check!

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