Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. There are a number of 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.

The student visa allows you to work for up to 20 hours per week while your course is in session and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break.  You can find out more information at the Department of Home Affairs website.

Things you need to do before applying to a Job:

  • Open an Australian bank account.
  • Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) from the Australian Taxation Office to ensure that you are not taxed at a high rate
  • Get to know your employment rights
  • The minimum wage is currently $18.93 per hour or $23.66 for casual workers. (International students have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia including minimum pay rates they have to be paid, based on the work they do.) Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website for more information.

Jobs you can Apply:

  • Hospitality
  • Services
  • Retail
  • Tourism
  • Agricultural
  • Sales
  • Telemarketing

How to find work?


Start with creating your Resume and polishing it. Make sure you don’t have the errors in it and it’s easy to read. (To create your Resume you can use a template, go to and find a template with additional illustrations and use it to tell more about your soft skills, language proficiency, etc.)

Explore the stores nearby

Go to the nearby stores and ask managers if they are looking for staff, leave your resume.

Check out online the job platforms

Search Facebook groups

Check with your institution

Check the boards at your university or college. Also, contact your institution’s international student support staff to find out what options your institution offers.