Australia is a well known destination for students looking for international higher education due to its excellent quality of education system with great natural beauty, making it a perfect place to live in.
It is interesting to note that the higher education in Australian universities is comparatively cheaper than the United States, however, the living expenses in Australia can be pretty high, especially for international students. One of the best options for students is to work part time and support their living costs in the country. The government of Australia permits the international students to work while studying and is usually included in their student visa, however sole dependence on the part time job to support themselves will not be a great idea while living in Australia.
Students with Visa Subclass 500 can work for up to 40 hours in a fortnight while the course is on and during holidays, for unlimited hours. A student can start working part time only once his session begins at the university.
However, for students in the Postgraduate Research Sector, rules are different. A student can work for unlimited hours when his research work or thesis begins.
To work part-time in Australia, you would need to get a Tax File Number (TFN) which can be applied online for, using your passports.
It's interesting to note that when it comes to work opportunities, the Australian government gives the same privileges and rights to all the students. Some of these rights would include:
- A minimum wage
- Unfair dismissal from the job
- Breaks/Rest periods
- A healthy and safe work environment