Passport & Consular Services

Can I Work With a Student Visa in Australia?

Yes, with a valid student visa in Australia, you are generally allowed to work part-time while studying. The conditions regarding work rights vary depending on the type of student visa you hold. Here are the general guidelines:

Student Visa (Subclass 500): International students with a Student Visa (Subclass 500) are typically allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight (every two weeks) during the academic term. However, during scheduled breaks or when the course is not in session, such as during semester breaks, you are permitted to work full-time.

Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 590): If you hold a Student Guardian Visa, you are not allowed to work in Australia.

It’s important to note that working more hours than permitted or engaging in work without the appropriate visa conditions is a violation of your visa requirements. It can lead to serious consequences, including visa cancellation or difficulties with future visa applications.

Before commencing any work, it’s crucial to check the work conditions specified on your visa grant notice or consult with the Department of Home Affairs or a registered migration agent for accurate and up-to-date information. Additionally, your educational institution may also provide guidance regarding work rights for international students.

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