Working While Studying

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Many international students choose to work while studying to earn an income, as well as to gain valuable Australian work experience to support their professional growth.

International students with a valid study visa can work up to 40 hours every two weeks during their study session. The hours do not need to be equally split between the two weeks. Instead, a student can work more hours in one week and less in others if it suits them and their employer. Students can only start working once their course starts.

During scheduled course breaks, students can work unrestricted hours. A full-time employee usually works, on average, 38 hours each week.

All Australian employees, including overseas students, have to pay Australian taxes. Students must apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) and can apply for the TFN online.