Working in Australia


For most international students a student visa allows you to work while studying in Australia.

How many hours a week can I work?

If you have a student visa you can work up to to 40 hours per fortnight (two-week period) during university semesters, and full-time hours during vacations. In general, students shouldn’t expect to cover tuition fees or living expenses by holding down a casual job.

If you are studying at UQ on a scholarship, you should contact your scholarship provider about how many hours you are permitted to work each week.

What is a tax file number?

A tax file number (TFN) is a unique number issued to individuals to help the Australian Tax Office (ATO) administer tax and other government systems. Before you can begin working you will need an Australian tax file number.

What if my visa does not have permission to work?

If, for any reason, your student visa is issued without the right to work, you will need to apply for a permission-to-work student visa after commencing classes.

You can find out more about applying for a student visa with permission to work, a Tax File Number, and obtaining part-time work during Orientation week or by contacting Student Services.

What type of work am I likely to find?

Casual or part-time work is a great way to provide yourself with an income while you’re studying. It’s also great experience to include on your resume. Typically, these positions include retail, hospitality and customer service roles.

When seeking career specific information and employment related to your studies you can register on UQ Careerhub, UQ's exclusive online vacancy system. You can register with UQ CareerHub for exclusive access to jobs and career information upon commencing your studies. You can also speak with staff in the Careers and employability office for advice and assistance in finding work.

Student Help On Campus (SHOC) also operate a free service as part of UQ Union that specifically helps students with their job search.

Please keep in mind that casual or part-time work can be difficult to find and competition for such jobs is high.

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