Work-Study Australia: Dream, Plan, Achieve

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Are you thinking about going working and studying in Australia?

You can actually work up to 20 hours a week if you’re an international student with a valid student visa while you’re working and studying in Australia. During school break, you can work as many hours as you want.

working and studying in Australia is a good way to pay for experiences & outings during your downtime. It’s also a great safety net in case you run out of funds while studying.

Before you look or even think about working and studying in Australia, there are a few rules that you need to understand.

While you are limited to only working 20 hours per week, this doesn’t include any work that is a requirement of your study.

Unpaid or volunteer work is included in the 20 hours a week limit and if any international student works more than that, they may have their Visa cancelled.

Before you start working in Australia, you need a Tax File Number. You should also consider getting an Australian bank account to make it easier to get paid.

The following are types of part-time jobs you might consider.

  • Call center and marketing
  • Reception and administration
  • Store assistant and retail
  • Farming and fruit picking
  • Restaurants, bars and cafes
  • Working in tourism, motels, hotels and hostels.

It doesn’t matter if you’re working as an international student or have a holiday Visa, you have rights in your employment. These rights uphold your entitlement to the following:

  • An award wage.
  • Rest times and breaks
  • A safe and healthy
  • environment to work in.
  • The ability to challenge an unfair dismissal.

One thing to remember for international students is that even though you’re allowed to enter the country 90 days before your studies begin, you can’t start working and studying in Australia until your course begins.

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