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Types Of Work For International Students In Australia

Types Of Work For International Students In Australia
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As an international student in Australia, you will have the opportunity to work while you’re studying.  

Being able to work and study at the same time comes with a lot of benefits.

These include providing assistance with living expenses and the ability to game relevant work experience in your area of study.

Most international students are allowed to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight as a condition of their student visa.  

This applies to when your course is in session which means you are able to work unlimited hours during any scheduled course break.  

Be sure to make sure you check your visa conditions to see the type of work and the number of hours you are allowed to do.

More information on this is available at the Department of Home Affairs website.

Most international students are allowed to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight as a condition of their student visa.

 

Types of Work

The types of work you are able to do as an international student include:

Paid work

There are many industries in Australia and also many work opportunities within those Industries.

These include:

  • Retail – supermarkets, department and clothing stores.
  • Hospitality – cafes, bars and restaurants.
  • Tourism – hotels and motels.
  • Agricultural – farming and fruit-picking.
  • Sales and telemarketing.
  • Administration or Clerical roles.
  • Tutoring.

Having the relevant experience or qualification make it easier for you to secure part-time or casual work in your field.

Internships

An internship position can be a great opportunity that allows you to gain relevant work experience in your field or industry.  

Internships can be paid or unpaid. Internships are a form of temporary work. It offers a great opportunity for you to be able to acquire the relevant experience in your area of study.

There are a number of benefits to undertaking an internship and these include:

  • Contributing to your education through course credits.
  • Experience working in Australia can help your chances of finding similar work back home.
  • Helping to improve your English.
  • Helping you develop a network of professional contacts, which could be useful for future references.
  • Learning new work skills and practices.

In general, your student or work visa allows you to undertake an internship in Australia.

However, you should check the conditions of your visa to make sure that you are complying with them.  

The different visa conditions determine how many hours or how many days a week you can intern and also if you can be paid for an Internship.

Find out more information about your visa conditions on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Internships are also offered by many institutions so you need to check the options that are available with your institution.  

You can also make enquiries with private recruitment and internship placements services. They mainly help international students to find internships.  

You should however note that you might need to pay for these placement services note that you might need to pay for these placement services.

The cost can range from A$1,500 to A$2,100 and these depend on the length of your internship placement.

Volunteering
A lot of charities that organisations provide opportunities for volunteers to work with them to further their cause.

Volunteering provides a great opportunity to impact lives, meet friends, get some relevant work experience and of course to give back to the community.

Begin your search for the best volunteering opportunity for you by visiting http://www.govolunteer.com.au/

An internship position can be a great opportunity that allows you to gain relevant work experience in your field or industry.

Your work rights

All workers in Australia are protected by legislation which gives them busy rights at work. These include international students working in Australia. You have a right to:

  • A minimum wage and superannuation.
  • Challenge of unfair dismissal from the job
  • Leave, breaks and rest periods.
  • A healthy and safe work environment.

Visit the Australian government’s Fair Work Ombudsman website to find out more information about your work rights in Australia.

Do note that as an employee in Australia you will also need to get a tax file number to be able to work in Australia.  

Find out more about how to get a tax file number from the Australian Taxation Office website.

How to find work

Finding work sometimes can be daunting but it is good to know all the different means available for you to be able to find work in Australia.  Some of the ways you can find work in Australia include:

  • The top job website in Australia seek.com.au
  • Newspapers
  • On campus or online job notice boards in institutions
  • Registration with a recruitment agency
  • Word of mouth

YouEnrol is also able to help and advise you further on steps you can take to achieve your study and career goals as an international student in Australia.

YouEnrol is also able to help and advise you further on steps you can take to achieve your study and career goals as an international student in Australia.

Do not hesitate to book an appointment with us for a free no obligation discussion where we help you to get started on your journey to studying in Australia the right way.

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