Working while studying helps students to realize their potential and develop crucial professional skills

People granted student visas on or after 26 April 2008 will receive permission to work with their visa grant. If your student visa was granted before 26 April 2008 however, you can still apply separately to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) for permission to work once you have started your course in Australia. 


From July 2023, permission to work allows you to work up to 48 hours a fortnight on a casual basis during course time and full-time during vacation periods. Family members can also work up to 48 hours per fortnight throughout the year. 


Students and their family members must not undertake work until the student has commenced their course of study in Australia. 


To work while you are studying in Australia you need to apply for a tax file number which will also have other useful information to get ready before applying to work. It is important also that you get familiar with your work rights and obligations to prevent anyone of misleading you or missing out on any entitlements. You can find essential information at 


To find out more, you can contact the Department of Home Affairs. Visit the following website to find out more about working in Australia, including how to find a job. 


As part of your orientation program, you will also be provided with information to assist you with adjusting to study and life in Australia, including information about living and studying. On orientation day of your course, you will be provided with an induction to your course. The induction will provide you with specific details about your course study requirements, important dates and will be an opportunity to meet your trainer and the other students in your course. The induction will also provide you with important information about health and safety requirements including emergency evacuation procedures and incident reporting (see section in this handbook on health and safety), as well as a range of other important matters relating to your rights and responsibilities as a student. The induction also provides an opportunity for you to ask questions. 


For more information on popular industries for students to work in, your rights and responsibilities, your employer’s rights and information about the Fair Work Ombudsman  visit: