Work while you study in Australia

Published At: July 25, 2018

Australia is an expensive country, with all the accommodation, meals, tuitions and other expenses. As an international student, it can sometimes be difficult to maintain basic living costs unless you have a part-time job.

Students can work in Australia while studying though there are certain restrictions which you must abide by. Namely your student visa allows you to work 20 hours per week, 40 hours per fortnight or unlimited hours during the course break/public holidays.

Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. There are many 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. Knowing that the minimum hourly rate is $22.00 per hour. This means that even when doing a casual, unskilled job you will earn quite good money. Some students (especially those with skills) earn considerably more.

Casual jobs and hospitality jobs provide a reasonable income and help students practice their English and learn about real Australian life. With a part-time job you can cover the cost of rent, food and transportation. Typically, students work in restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and in the tourism sector.

Australia seems very expensive when you are not working. But once you start earning those good Australian salaries, it soon starts much less expensive. And if you are successful in getting a good career in Australia and you enjoy those great salaries that are easier to get in Australia than in many other countries today… Australia will no longer seem so expensive at all.

Remember this simple rule: You will spend more and earn more in Australia. The sooner you start working and earning money, the better.


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