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Work Right For Students

Work rights for Students


An agent needs to inform their students that:

They cannot expect to meet their tuition fees
from the work they undertake in Australia; There is no guarantee that
suitable work will be available;

Working may help them financially, but it is
unlikely to provide substantial funds.

Working in Australia gives them the same
rights and protections in the workplace as any Australian citizen.

Student visa holder
Student visas are granted with permission to work.
As a result, student visa holders (and their family members travelling with
them) do not need to apply for permission to work separately once they arrive
in Australia.
A person on a student visa 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

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.

The student cannot undertake work until they have
commenced their course in Australia. DHA considers work to also include some
volunteer work or unpaid work. If a student is doing voluntary, unpaid work, it
is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight if it:

Is of benefit to the community

Is for a non-profit organisation

Would not otherwise be undertaken in return
for wages by an Australian resident (that is, it is a designated volunteer
position), and is genuinely voluntary (that is, no
remuneration, either in cash or kind is received, – board and lodging acceptable).

These conditions do not apply to work that is
required as part of a student’s course. The educational institution will advise
a student if this is the case.

Dependant of the student holder

A dependant of a student visa holder is subject to condition 8104 which permits the holder to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight once the student              (main  applicant) has commenced their course. If the student’s course of study is a course for the award of a masters or doctorate degree that is registered on      CRICOS, a dependant may work unlimited hours.

Helping students understand their rights at work

The Australian Government is committed to helping protect international students during their time in Australia, including in workplaces. To make sure that              international students are treated fairly at work, including being paid the right amount and on time, students need to know what rights they have in Australian        workplaces.

A toolkit is available for education agents with tools and resources to help students have a positive experience in Australia .

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