Working while you study
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 included with your visa.
You cannot work until you have commenced your course in Australia. A student visa allows you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight once your program has commenced and is in session, and unrestricted hours when your program is not in session.
Work that is a formal registered part of your course is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight.
If you are doing voluntary, unpaid work, it is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight if it:
- is of benefit to the community
- is for a non-profit organisation
- would not otherwise be undertaken in return for wages by an Australian resident (that is, it is a designated volunteer position), and
- is genuinely voluntary (that is, no remuneration, either in cash or kind is received-board and lodging acceptable).
Please be advised that the academic calendar dates in 2019 will change. You can see the 2019 academic calendar dates here.
When is my course 'In Session'?
Your course is 'In Session' during Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3; and if you enrol in Summer Term, or have completed your studies while your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is still valid. The 40 hours work restriction per fortnight applies under these instances, unless you are studying a Masters by research or Doctorate courses who have submitted their thesis for marking.