Australia is a well known destination for students looking for international education due to its world class quality education system with equally beautiful tourist destinations..
Even though the higher education in Australian universities is cheaper in comparison to the United States, which has been the top choice for international students planning to study abroad, the living expenses in Australia claim to be fairly high. But students can work part time and support their living costs as well as enjoying the stay in the country.The Australian Government offers more than just permission to work to international students while studying in Australia. It is advisable that before deciding to go for higher education in Australia, the students should be aware of the cost of living there.
Work Permissions on Student Visa
As per the new rules and regulations, students going to Australia under Visa Subclass 500 are eligible to work for up to 40 hours in a fortnight while the course is in Session and for unlimited hours during breaks/holidays. The only condition however is that the student cannot start working part time until the course begins. In an ideal situation, a student looking for part-time work must limit their working to about 20 hours a week.
Below are some of the thing a student should remember:
1. A student cannot work until his session at the university begins. For example, if your course starts January 2020 and you reach Australia in December 2019, in such case, a student cannot take up employment immediately till the course commences in the university.
2. If working hours are a normal part of the curriculum of the selected course, then this limit does not apply. This is usually applicable in case of compulsory internships of the integrated courses.
3. Different rules are applicable for students that fall under the Postgraduate Research Sector, who can work for unlimited hours when the research work or doctoral thesis begins. Also, in case there are any preliminary courses that the student has enrolled into, the student is eligible to work as per the 40 hours per fortnight rule mentioned earlier.
Also, to work part-time, you would need to apply for and get a Tax File Number. International students with foreign passports, can apply for a TFN online from their official website.
What laws apply to International Students for working while studying?
The Australian government gives the same privilege to all the students when it comes to working opportunities while studying. The students have all the same rights such as:
- A minimum wage as stipulated under the Fair Work Act 2009
- Challenge of unfair dismissal from the job
- Breaks and rest periods
- A healthy and safe work environment