The strong service industry and economy in Australia offers opportunities for international students to work as well as study. We recommend you visit our partner’s website Uvision Employment. Uvision Employment is a specialised Australian based recruitment agency that provides quality personnel to fill specific organisational needs. 

Work and Study 

Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. There are a number of reasons you might want to undertake part time work while studying in Australia, including assisting with living expenses and gaining work experience in your study area.


Before you start working you'll need to get a Tax File Number (TFN). For more information regarding how to obtain a TFN please visit our "Support" section.


Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unlimited hours during your course break. Before you undertake any paid work you need to make sure your visa allows you to work. To find out your exact work rights (and you don’t breach any of your visa conditions) please contact our team to confirm if you have any limitations.


If you are a student and are looking to give the next step to find a Company to Sponsor you or if you are temporary work while you study, we recommend you visit our partner’s website Uvision Employment. Uvision Employment is a specialised Australian based recruitment agency that provides quality personnel to fill specific organisational needs. 


Here we'll list some types of work International Students can undertake:


Paid work


Australia has a wide range of industries and many have part time employment opportunities, including: 

  •     Retail - supermarkets, department and clothing stores.
  •     Hospitality - cafes, bars and restaurants.
  •     Tourism - hotels and motels.
  •     Agricultural - farming and fruit-picking.
  •     Sales and telemarketing.
  •     Administration or Clerical roles.
  •     Tutoring. 



There are many charities and non-government organisations (NGOs) in Australia and they always need volunteers to help out. It can be a great way to meet friends, get some hands on work experience and give back to the community. To find out more about volunteering, start your search at:


Your rights


Everyone working in Australia, including international students or those on working holiday visas, have basic rights at work. These rights protect entitlement to: 

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

Most employers in Australia are covered by an ‘award’, which sets minimum wages and conditions for a given field of work or industry. To find out more about your work rights visit the Australian Government's Fair Work website.


Finding Work


There are plenty of ways to find work that suits you, including: 

  • Newspapers and online HR employment organisations such as Uvision Employment
  • Some institutions provide job notice-boards on campus and online. Contact your institution’s international student support staff to find out what options your institution offers.
  • Register your details at a recruitment firm; many of them help place people in casual or short-term work.


Feel free to contact our education advisors on " contact us"  for further assistance regarding your work conditions, legal rights or finding work.


Thank you,


Team Uvision Australia