What You Need To Know About Working While Studying in Australia

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Australia is always a great choice for Filipino students who are looking to pursue higher studies abroad. Since the AU government offers a whopping $200 AUD million for international scholars, you can use the financial aid to apply for government-funded scholarships, namely: Australia Awards Scholarships, Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards, or International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS).

But what if you need to earn extra moolah? Especially if you want to explore the country? Or if you need to support your family back home? Fear not—here’s everything you need to know when it comes to working while studying in Australia.

What are the requirements for working as a student part-time?

  • International students in Australia on a valid student visa can work for up to 20 hours per week while school is ongoing. You can work unlimited hours during official school vacations
  • Students must be under an Australian government-approved study program
  • Part-timers must be able to maintain an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

To learn more about Australia’s specific laws, just visit their official government website.  

Is it hard for international students to get a job in Australia?

No, it’s not. It depends on how resourceful you are. Be on the lookout for job postings at your school’s bulletin board, online, newspapers, and recruitment firms!

Popular part-time jobs for overseas students

Again, there are plenty of job opportunities available for international students in Australia. The list below represents some of the most popular ones that students take. Your job will depend on your preference and skills. As a student, you can usually find work in retail, hospitality, services, or specialized industries. Here are some of the most popular jobs for overseas students:

  • Sales Assistant
  • Waiter
  • Bartender
  • Barista
  • Cleaner
  • Language Tutor
  • Secretary
  • Receptionist
  • Food Delivery
  • Fruit Picker (agricultural)
  • Telemarketer
  • University Administrative Assistant
  • Campus Tour Guide
  • Graphic Designer
  • Library Assistant
  • Photographer
  • Babysitter
  • Pet Groomer

How much can students usually earn?

The minimum legal hourly rate is at least $18.93 AUD. That’s around *680 PhP. For more advanced jobs, the rate can go as high as $50 – 80 AUD per hour (1793.44 – 2869.51 PhP). To make the payment process smoother, you should open an Australian bank account for your employers to deposit your salary. Pro-tip: Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) from the Australian Taxation Office to make sure you are not taxed at higher rates.

*At the time of this writing

Family members can also work on your student visa!

Great news: you don’t need to send money back home, since you can take family with you! But they have to be declared on your student visa application, and approved to be sponsored on your overseas study trip. Unlike students, family members cannot exceed 20 hours a week, even on holidays. They CAN work unlimited hours if you’re studying for a masters degree. They also cannot work part-time BEFORE your student program starts, so keep that in mind when planning financially.

More articles about working and studying in Australia

Since you’re already here, check out our master post on study and work in Australia! Make sure you’ve got all the bases covered so your student adventure in the Land Down Under is sure to be AU-some.

Now that you have an idea on the types of jobs you can do and how much you can earn, you’re ready to make the most of your Australian study abroad experience! Need more tips? Checking out other countries? Read Study Abroad articles by Edukasyon.ph, made especially for young Filipino students.

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About the author

Donna Almonte

Although she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Ateneo de Manila University back in 2014, Donna considers herself a lifelong student. She has been professionally crafting guides and content in the evolving digital marketing and start-up industry for over 3 years, with a plan to pursue higher learning opportunities in digital marketing and creative writing. Through her words, she hopes to help students who feel lost about their next career-defining step.

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