As an international student in Australia, you can work part-time or full-time in some situations to complement what you learn in your classes.
Once your visa application has been approved, you should check your visa conditions to know the number of hours that you (and your family members) can work while you are studying in Australia. Remember, you must comply with the state and territory laws of Australia.
Your application was approved based on your declaration that you have sufficient funds to cover your and your accompanying family members' living and tuition expenses in Australia. Therefore, the Australian government will be expecting you not to rely on work to support yourself or your family while living in the country.
Generally, you cannot work until you have commenced your course in Australia. Once your course has commenced you are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session, and unlimited hours when your course is not in session.
A fortnight is a period of 14 days commencing on any Monday and ending on the second following Sunday. This is how 40 hours a fortnight is calculated once your course begins:
In the fortnight comprising weeks one and two above (40 hours worked in that 14 day period) or in the fortnight comprising weeks three and four above (35 hours worked in that 14 day period), the work condition is not breached. However, the student visa holder has breached their work condition in the fortnight comprising weeks two and three above (50 hours worked in that 14 day period).
Return to the post Important Information about Australia Student Visa (Subclass 500).
Important Tip: Your visa may be cancelled if you are discovered to have violated your work conditions.
Your course to be 'in session':
Important Tip: You must obtain a Tax File Number to be able to work in Australia. This is available from the Australian Tax Office.
Work that is a formal registered part of your course is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight. While there are some very rare instances when you can do voluntary work without it being counted toward your fortnight limit, voluntary work could have been undertaken by an Australian resident who would have received a wage will be counted toward your cap of 40 hours.
Your voluntary work is excluded from your fortnight limit if it:
The following conditions also apply to your part-time work: