These days more than 99% of our students are working and very few find it hard to find work if they really try hard (although the beach can be a distraction!). With a Student Visa, you are allowed to work up to a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight and full time when you are on holiday from your school. If you are on a Working Holiday Visa, there are no restrictions on the number of hours you can work.
When you first arrive in Australia, we recommend that you come to a Go Study Australia office to help you with everything to settle into your new home. We have weekly Job Club sessions that are run in your language to help you get ready to start working in Australia. We help you with:
OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT
CREATING A SUITABLE CV
ACCESS TO OUR JOBS LIST
INFORMATION ON TYPES OF WORK
APPLYING FOR A TAX FILE NUMBER
TIPS ON PLACES TO FIND WORK
Most of our students find casual work. This type of work is best suited to those who have temporary visas (Student or Working Holiday) and they provide good rates of pay (Australia has the highest minimum wage in the world) but also a great way to better understand Australia and meet new people.
Most of our students work in the following areas:
- Retail: shops are often looking for staff;
- Hospitality: restaurants, cafés, bars, and hotels usually hire casual staff;
- Construction: some boys like to do this kind of work, and there is a lot of construction work in Australia;
- Cleaning: it may not be very glamorous, but when your English is limited, this can be one way to start;
- Childcare: babysitting and nanny work is always available.
We don’t want you to have any problems, so we encourage you to know your rights as an international student working in Australia. You can read more HERE.
Throughout your time in Australia, we are here to help. Talk to us any time for help and advice. It’s all part of the service!