Conditions for Working While Studying
If you have been granted Permission to Work, there are restrictions on the number of hours you can work.
If you were granted a Student visa on or after 26 April 2008, you and your dependent family members will already have Permission to Work automatically included with your visa.
If you were granted a Student visa before 26 April 2008 and have not yet applied for Permission to Work, you and your family members may only apply for Permission to Work after you have started your course in Australia.
The table below outlines the work entitlements for you and your dependent
family members if you have permission to work.
|Type of Applicant||Work Entitlement|
|Students granted Permission to Work||
You cannot undertake work until you have commenced your course in Australia. When your course has commenced you can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during the term and unlimited hours when your course is not in session.
|Dependent family members granted Permission to Work||
Dependent family members.
Important: You must also comply with the State and Territory laws of Australia. Under all State and Territory laws, you cannot work during school hours if you are under the school leaving age, which in most states is 15 years of age.
When is your course in session?
The department considers your course to be 'in session':
- for the duration of the advertised semesters (including periods when exams are being held)
- if you have completed your studies and your Confirmation of Enrolment is still in effect
- if you are undertaking another course, during a break from your main course and the points will be credited to your main course.