Working in Australia

Important Information

The information in this area will help you to understand the visa conditions relating to working while studying and apply for permission to work on a student visa.

How to apply for working permission: You may apply for work permission through the following link.

Maximum working hours permitted: If you are given permission to work, there will be restrictions on the number of hours you will be allowed to work in a week. You can work as a:

  • Student (condition 8105)
  • Member of a student’s family (condition 8104)
  • Member of a family unit under visa subclass: 574 (masters or doctorate course)
  • Member of a family unit under visa subclass: 576 (AusAID or Defence-sponsored)

If you are granted permission to work in Australia

If you are granted permission to work as a student (condition 8105), then you may work for a maximum of 40 hours a fortnight during the term, not including work that is a formal registered part of your course, and unlimited hours during recognised periods of vacation. If you are granted permission to work as a member of a student’s family (condition 8104), then you may work for a maximum of 40 hours a fortnight throughout the year for the duration of your visa.

If you are granted permission to work as a member of a family unit under visa subclass 574 (masters or doctorate course) or 576 (AusAID or Defence-sponsored), then you may work for a maximum of 40 hours a fortnight at all times (condition 8104) when you are studying any preliminary course, or unlimited hours, if you apply for permission to work after you start your masters or doctorate course.

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Volunteer work/unpaid work

If you volunteer or take part in unpaid work, then you must apply for a Permission To Work visa. Any volunteer or unpaid work counts towards the limit of 20 hours per week.

Tax File Number: In order for you to work in Australia, you need to obtain a Tax File Number (TFN). You can obtain a TFN through the Australian Tax Office. You will need to contact them about their requirements and processes. Please visit the ATO website.

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