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Ability to Work

Ability to Work
Australia as a study
destination is attractive for students since they are allowed to work to
supplement their incomeInternational students
studying in Australia are only allowed to work once they commence their course.  .


International students studying in Australia are only allowed to work once they commence their course.
A Student visa holder is subject to work condition 8105 which permits the student to work 40 hours per fortnight* while their course is in session and unlimited    hours while their course is not in session;

A student’s course is considered to be ‘in session’:

for the duration of the advertised semesters (including periods when exams are being held);
if the studies have been completed but the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is still in effect and
if a student is undertaking another course during a break from their main course and the points will be credited towards their main course.

Refer to this section on Work rights for Students for more information
* Postgraduate Research (subclass 574) students can work unlimited hours once their course commences.


Dependants of student visa holders are permitted to work in Australia for 40 hours per fortnight once the student has commenced their course.
If the student’s course of study is a course for the award of a masters or doctorate degree registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and                 Courses of Overseas Students a dependent may work unlimited hours.

Post-Study Work Rights

The Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) offers extended options for working in Australia to eligible graduates of a higher       education degree. Under this stream, successful applicants are granted a visa of two, three or four year’s duration, depending on the highest educational             qualification they have obtained.
Students must meet the Australian study requirement in the six months immediately prior to making their application by having:

Attained either a single qualification on CRICOS requiring at least two academic years study or multiple qualifications resulting in a total period of at least          two academic years study; and
Undertaken this study in no less than 16 months
Completed the course while physically being in Australia

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