International students receive permission to work with their visa grant. Student visa holders pay from AUD$575 for the combined visa and work permit, which entitles them to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while their course is in session and unlimited hours during semester breaks. Students completing masters by research and doctoral degrees have unlimited work rights.
Before starting work, you must apply for an Australian Tax File Number (TFN). Application information is available on the Australian Taxation Office website.
For more information about working in Australia, see the Working While Studying section of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Before commencing paid work in Australia, you should be aware of your rights and responsibilities as an employee. Here are some things to watch out for when working in Australia:
The following list of websites can help you with any questions or offer assistance if you have been treated unfairly: