Can international students work part time in Australia?

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Life as an international student in Australia 

Life in Australia as a student can be an exciting phase of life and a step towards endless future possibilities. Australia is considered to be a ‘melting pot’ of nationalities and cultures due to the increasing number of international students, reaching up to 45% every year. Some of the reasons why students are so intrigued by the student lifestyle in Australia is because of their impeccable college rankings, various financial support outlets, modern lifestyle amidst the great Australian beaches and of course the permission to work while studying.  

Cost of living in Australia

Expenses CategoryMinimum
Monthly Spending
Monthly Spending
Rental (shared/non-shared)AUD$ 360AUD$ 1,000
Groceries and FoodAUD$ 300AUD$ 450
Sport and EntertainmentAUD$ 10AUD$ 200
Public TransportAUD$ 100AUD$ 100
Phone and InternetAUD$ 30AUD$ 70
TotalAUD$ 800
AUD$ 1,820

Types of part-time Jobs in Australia 

Many universities and educational institutes have on-campus and off-campus opportunities for both local and international students. Some of the fields that students can look into for part time jobs include:

  • Retail sales jobs in supermarkets, departmental stores
  • Food and Beverage (waiter, bartender and etc.)
  • Hospitality (both in the kitchens and administration and housekeeping)
  • Agricultural work (fruit picking)
  • Sales and telemarketing (call centre)
  • Administration
  • Tutor; skill or language exchange

Minimum legal hourly rates of part-time Jobs in Australia

The minimum legal hourly rate for a basic job with no specific skills will have at least A$18.93. For jobs that require any additional skills, students might able to earn up to A$50 – 80 per hour.

Rules for international students seeking for part-time job(s) in Australia

  • International students in Australia on a valid student visa can work for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and there is no limit on the number of hours an international student can work during recognised school vacations.
  • Students are required to pursue a consistent study program that has been approved by the Australian government.
  • Students are required to maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Useful websites for International students looking for part-time job(s)

Further Reading: Useful websites for International students in Australia

Further Reading: Top 10 Part Time Jobs for International Students in Australia

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Manahil Ijaz
An international student from Taylor’s University, Manahil Ijaz is a freelance writer from the field of PR and Marketing who indulges in different forms of art including writing, painting and designing. Manahil has a great passion for psychology, English literature and travelling.
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