Studying with a job in Australia


Australia is considered one the best countries in the world for living. You find security, opportunities and an excellent quality of life. Australians are friendly, persevering, amicable, determined, and even when facing big problems, they keep it together and are always willing to start again.

Australia is a diverse country with a great range of relaxation and sports like surf, kite-surf, windsurf, golf, rugby, cricket and others. In Australia, you can enjoy sunny days, idyllic places, rainforest, beaches with clear waters, deserted areas, snow, small villages and cosmopolitan cities.

Australia endorses innovation, creativity, and independent thinking throughout its universities. As an international student in Australia, you can expect to live, grow, and learn in a young, friendly country full of opportunities. The quality of education in Australia is internationally recognised as one of the best in the world. Moreover, Australia is one of the few countries around the world that allows international students to work legally while attending their studies. Working while you study in Australia can help supplement your study and living experience.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) specifies that international students are only allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during semester and can work full-time during vacation. This is so you can focus mainly on your studies. This opportunity makes it much more affordable for students to attend school, funding some of their education through work.

Working while studying in Australia – Need:

Australia is a less expensive country for you to study compare to other competitive countries. However, with fairly high standard of living, it is better if you work along with your studies.

  • To earn sufficient pocket money to supplement your living cost in Australia
  • You also get an opportunity to gain relevant work experience in your respective area of study
  • To learn personal skills
  • To understand people in Australia
  • To ensure financial safety in the country
  • It helps you build a valuable professional network
  • You gain valuable insights into the society and the community
Who is eligible to Work?

As an international student in Australia, you can work while you study if

  • You are holding a Subclass 500 student visa with work permission
  • You are undertaking a full-time course at Bachelor’s degree level or above
  • You want to supplement your funding/income to offset the expense of the study
  • Working is a course requirement and is a part of course completion and evaluation
To find out and confirm what your visa permit/does not permit you to do while studying in Australia
  • Check your visa information and conditions online at Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • Also, it is important to know if working will affect your academic commitment. Check with your university
Other requirements:

As an international student, besides a Subclass 500 student visa

  • You must get a Tax File Number (TFN) from the Australia Tax Office to work in Australia or open a bank account. A TFN is unique and confidential.
  • You must file a tax return that is tracked to your TFN
  • You will receive a tax refund when you file your return
  • You can apply for a TFN online if you have a valid Subclass 500 student visa with work rights.
How to find a student job in Australia?

There are a lot of job opportunities for international students in Australia. That in mind, the question as what job you’re going to get in Australia depends more on your personal choices and strengths than available jobs.

  • Online Portal: You can search for part-time jobs on online sites. Sites like Indeed and seek to publish a lot of job openings on a daily basis. You can shortlist the job as per your requirement and apply for it. You can also directly contact the employer regarding any job opening.
  • Local Newspaper: The local newspapers publish job openings which you can find and apply. Ensure to go through the job opening sections in the local newspaper and contact the employer for details.
  • Reference: It is easiest to get a job through reference. You can contact the carer team of the university, alumni of the university, professors for a part-time job reference. As you may not be well accustomed to the new place, it is best to take help from the people of the university. 
  • Internal Jobs: There are some jobs that are offered to students on a part-time basis within the campus like assistant in the library, labs, gym area, parking lots and cleaning. You can look for internal job openings of the university and contact the concerned department. 
Major Job opportunities for international students in Australia: 
  • Private Tutor: The private tutor job is one of the highly preferred and most respectful part-time jobs for students. Students with good knowledge of a subject can apply for private teaching jobs and earn good amounts of money. The salary range of a private tutor ranges from AUD 20 to AUD 40 per hour. 
  • Food Chain Industry: The Food Chain Industry is perhaps the one that offers the largest part-time job opportunities for students in Australia. It includes jobs at restaurants and hotels with multiple job roles like cashier, waiter/ waitress, delivery boy, helper, assistant chef etc. The salary may vary depending on the type of restaurant and job role in a food chain industry. The average salary ranges between Rs 25 dollar to 30 dollars per hour.
  • Admin Executive: Students can apply for the job roles as an admin executive and work at the front office or executive offices. Those who have good management and communication skills find it easier to get a job role as an Admin Executive. The salary range of an Admin Executive ranges from Dollar 25 to 030 per hour depending on the type of job role taken. 
  • Bartender: In Australia, a part-time job as a Bartender is easily available. The job is available in shifts and students. Depending on the experience, one can earn a good amount of money. The average pay-scale of a Bartender working on a part-time basis is Dollar 22 to 25 per hour. 
  • Customer Care Centres: Almost all organisations and sectors have Customer Care Centres to resolve queries of customers and meet their needs. The department requires a good number of candidates working on a part-time basis. The job is available in shifts and demand is also high. Students with good communication skills can apply for job roles in Customer Care Centres and earn good amounts of money. The pay scale may range from Dollar 25 to 30 per hour. 
Study – Work in Australia; Key factors to remember: 
  • The student must have a valid student visa grant allowing permission to work along with studies.
  • A student visa in Australia under subclass 500 allows you to work Upto 40 hours every fortnight during their study
  • Students work for unlimited hours during their vacation
  • To get permitted to work in Australia while studying, a student must pursue 2 years’ degree course in Australian university
  • A working student has equal rights in their workplace like other Australian employees
  • The students can start working while they work only after they started course in Australian University
  • The minimum wages pay rate prevailing in the country is applicable for these students as well
  • The minimum wages are calculated either on hourly or weekly basis
  • As per the FWC (Fair work commission), Hourly wages have been increased by 3.5%. The new pay rate has been set at 18.93 per hour
  • Work experience is added to a student’s work hour restriction whether it is paid or unpaid.
  • Volunteer work in Australia does not have a work limitation of 40 hours per fortnight.
  • The student must attain the minimum attendance requirement of the course and the School of study. 
Pay-Scale and Taxes for International Students in Australia: 

The salary of a student working on a part-time basis depends on various factors like the working hours, type of job role, working shift and the organisation. However, one can estimate the average salary scale in Australia for a part-time job for a particular job role from the table given below: 

Job Role  Salary 
Private Tutor 20 to 40 Dollars 
Cashier  21 to 25 Dollars 
Delivery Boy  8 to 12 Dollar per Delivery 
Waiter/ Waitress  21 to 25 Dollars 
Admin Officer  25 to 30 Dollars 
Bartender  22 to 25 Dollars 
Customer Care Executive  25 to 30 Dollars 

An international student living in Australia for more than six months is considered as an Australian resident for tax purposes. All information related to tax is can be confirmed from the ATO’s website.  Even if the student chooses to work on a part-time basis he is considered to pay the tax provided the income is $18,200 or above. He/ She will have to pay income tax for the year ending on June 30 in Australia

Tips to find jobs while studying:
  • Develop your English language skills as much as possible
  • Use various resources such as Career and Employment Advising of your institution, recruitment agencies, employment section in the local newspaper
  • Consult with your friends who are already working
  • Observe local habits, culture, language, and way of living


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