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If you are on a student visa and work in hospitality or tourism –you can now work more than 40h per fortnight.

The Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force will allow student visa holders to work beyond their usual work limitations if employed in the tourism and hospitality sector, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure the supply of critical services.

Good News

This relaxation of the work hours cap has come into effect from May 10, 2021, and is in response to the severe labour shortages in the hospitality and tourism sector. This is great news for students, who can now work increased hours and support their studies (online or in-class). You can find more information here.

The relaxation of the cap is temporary, but we expect it to last as long as borders stay closed.


The industry is quite broad. It includes jobs working in hotels, restaurants, casinos, theme parks, cruise lines, and other facilities that help customers meet their leisure and recreational needs.


A concierge interacts directly with customers, providing them with various services. At some hotels, this is an entry-level job. However, some luxury hotels require concierges to have years of hospitality experience. A concierge needs to be a problem solver with extensive customer-service skills who are unflappable and can handle difficult patrons.

Other front-of-the-house hospitality jobs include:

  • Casino Host
  • Cruise Ship Attendant
  • Front Desk Associate
  • Front Desk Supervisor
  • Front Office Attendant
  • Front-of-House Manager
  • Gaming Dealer
  • Guest Relations Manager
  • Guest Services Supervisor
  • Hotel Clerk
  • Hotel Receptionist
  • Reservationist
  • Reservations Agent
Event Planner

Many hotels have conference rooms or event spaces that they rent out for various events, ranging from meetings to weddings. An event planner works with a company, or an individual, to arrange the event and then ensures it runs smoothly.

Hospitality jobs in the field of event planning include:

  • Events Manager
  • Executive Conference Manager
  • Executive Meeting Manager
  • Meeting and Convention Planner
  • Meeting Coordinator
  • Meeting Manager
  • Meeting Planner
  • Meeting Specialist
  • Special Events Manager
  • Wedding Coordinator
Executive Chef

An executive chef oversees the food operations in restaurants, hotels, casinos, or other venues that serve food. People in this role supervise cooks, sous chefs, and other kitchen employees. They typically order all of the food, plan the meals, and prepare food in the kitchen.

Other jobs related to executive chef, including jobs many people have while working their way up to the executive chef, include:

  • Cafe Manager
  • Catering Manager
  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Kitchen Manager
  • Pastry Chef
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Sous Chef
Hotel General Manager

A hotel general manager, or hotel manager, makes sure that a hotel (or inn, lodge, or any other venue with sleeping accommodations) is running smoothly. This involves interacting with guests, managing staff, handling the finances of the property, and much more.

Other jobs related to the management and/or administration of a hospitality facility include:

  • Back Office Assistant
  • Catering Sales Manager
  • Director of Marketing and Sales
  • Group Sales Manager
  • Guest Room Sales Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Lodging Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Shift Leader
  • Shift Manager
  • Spa Manager

Housekeepers are responsible for maintaining a standard of cleanliness throughout a hotel or other hospitality venue. There are many other jobs related to maintenance and cleaning in the hospitality industry. There are also opportunities for management positions within these areas.

Some other related housekeeping job titles include:

  • Director of Housekeeping
  • Director of Maintenance
  • Director of Operations
  • Executive Housekeeper
  • Housekeeper
  • Housekeeping Supervisor
  • Lead Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Maintenance Worker

Porters are tasked with handling baggage for guests. It is one of many support staff positions in the hospitality industry. Another common position is that of valet (also known as parking lot attendant).

Other support staff positions similar to that of porter and valet include:

  • Baggage Porter
  • Bell Attendant
  • Bellhop
  • Bellman
  • Driver
  • Parking Lot Attendant
  • Valet
  • Valet Attendant
  • Valet Parking Attendant

Waiters and waitresses work in restaurants, bars, hotels, casinos, and other food-serving establishments. They interact directly with customers by taking orders, serving food and beverages, and taking payments from patrons.

Other job titles similar to waiter and waitress in the hospitality industry include:

  • Back Waiter
  • Banquet Server
  • Barback
  • Barista
  • Bartender
  • Cafe Manager
  • Catering Assistant
  • Food Runner
  • Head Waiter
  • Host/Hostess
  • Maître
  • Sommelier

So have a chat to your boss and let them know you can now work more hours per week if you are in one of these roles!

Hospitality job roles source: The Balance Careers


If you are thinking of staying longer a better option would be a student visa. As currently most of our schools are offering discounts, special installment plans, or other forms of help.

At Go Study, we have expert counsellors able to support you step by step and guide you through this delicate journey. Before you make any decision, which may affect your current visa or situation. Please contact us and seek advice, our support is free of charge!