While studying in Australia, many international students opt to work during their non-study (free) hours. International students working in Australia while studying can work part time up to 40 hours per fortnight during the course and for unrestricted hours during course breaks.
If a student has moved with family, the dependents can also work up to 40 hours per fortnight. However, neither the student nor the dependants can work beyond the specified time. If found doing so, it can lead to cancellation of their visa. International students pursuing a course at the Masters or Doctorate level and their dependents can work for unlimited hours. International students must keep in mind that:
Employers can check online for international student’s working entitlements by accessing the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system.
International students can apply online for a Tax File Number (TFN) which they have to provide to their employer.
Overseas students working in Australia enjoy the same basic rights at work as Australians. These rights protect entitlement to:
Here’s how international students can apply for permission to work.
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