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The Australian Immigration system allows students visiting the country on a student visa the chance to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and during vacations students can work full time. This opportunity makes it much more affordable for students to attend school, while still funding their education through work.

Part-Time Work

Most student visas in Australia give international students permission to work up to 20 hours per week while they study. Before seeking work, international students should first confirm that their visas allow them to work. Visa information is held by the Australian Department of Immigration (DIAC) and can be accessed at any time using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system. Students will existing qualifications or work experience may be able to find part-time work in the field of their choice. Many Australian industries offer part-time work, such as retail (supermarkets, department and clothing stores), hospitality (cafes, bars, and restaurants), tourism (hotels and motels), agricultural (farming and fruit-picking), sales, administration or clerical roles, and tutoring. The industries generally offer flexible hours for students.

Paid or unpaid internships are also a viable option for students wishing to gain work experience in their chosen field while they study. Students may also choose to volunteer for charities and on-government organizations.

Finding Part-Time Work in Australia

Networking is a great way to find work; international students in Australia should network amongst themselves in order to let others know that they are looking for work. The “vacancies” section in local community newspapers and supermarket boards is another option, as well as job notice-boards found on campus. In addition, may large companies list vacancies on their websites, so international students looking for work should not neglect to check online for job opportunities. Students might also try registering their details at a recruitment firm; these help place people in casual or short-term work.

Skilled Occupations List

The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) is a list of occupations that are in need in Australia. This list comprises of four major groups: managers and administrators, professionals, associate professionals, and tradespersons and related workers. Because the Australian government wants a skilled migration program that is responsive to the needs of the Australian labor market, the SOL changes in response to labor and market needs in Australia. This means that there is no guaranteeing that an occupation listed on the SOL will remain for the time it takes a student to finish his or her studies.

Workers’ Rights

Everyone who works in Australia, including international students or people on working holiday visas, has basic rights at work. The rights include entitlement to a minimum wage, the right to challenge unfair dismissal, breaks or rest periods, and a healthy and safe work environment. Most employers in Australia are covered by an “award,” which sets minimum wage and conditions for any given field of work or industry.

Tax File Number

In order to work in Australia, international students need to get a Tax File Number (TFN). Students who wish to work during their studies in Australia should first visit the Australian Taxation Office to get their TFN. At the office, students will need to provide their name, current address, and date of birth. They may also need to supply their date of arrival in Australia, passport, and proof of enrollment.

There are many reasons for students to choose to work during their time spent studying in Australia. These reasons range from helping to assist with living expenses to gaining work experience in their chosen area of study. Working in Australia can be a great way for international students to truly experience life in Australia.

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