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Posted On : 21 February 2024     |     By : Kangaroo Edu

Working Part-Time in Australia: A Guide for International Students

Working part-time in Australia as international students can help you pay your tuition fees and personal bills. However, finding a part-time job that suits your schedule and not too far from your hostel can be a challenging task. Not to mention acclimating to Australia’s cultures, people and work rights can feel like embarking on a journey of its own with challenges and opportunities.    And even after you’ve learnt all the Australian employment laws, found a well-paying job just a few blocks from where you live, you still need to work towards work-life balance. Are you one of these international students looking to work part-time in Australia but don’t know where to start?   Don’t worry, this guide is crafted with you in mind. Whether you’re seeking to bolster your resume, gain valuable skills, or simply make ends meet, let’s embark on this journey together and unlock the doors to fulfilling work experiences Down Under.   Let’s first go through a few key details about working part-time in Australia for International Students: 
  • Student visa holders are restricted to 48 hours of work a fortnight while their course is in session.
  • There are no work restrictions for international students when their course of study or training is not in session.
  • You can find work through various channels such as your education provider’s career service, job notice boards, and online job portals.
  • Most students find part-time jobs in hospitality and retail, aged care and supply chain industries.
  • It’s important to balance your work and study commitments to ensure your academic performance isn’t affected due to work pressures.
  • Always check your visa status to ensure you are eligible to work while studying.

How can international students find part-time work in Australia?

Here are some ways international students can search for a job in Australia:

Online Job Portals

Utilise popular job portals such as Seek, Indeed, Jora, and LinkedIn to search for vacancies near your University or hostel. These platforms list a wide range of job openings, both full-time and part-time and offer filtering options to suit your requirements.

University’s Career Services

Many universities, colleges and schools also organise job-related events like webinars, workshops, talks, and career fairs that you can join to find part-time work in Australia.


Building a personal and professional network can be very beneficial. This could involve talking to people, attending events, or joining professional associations. It can help you connect with experts in your field and increase your chances of finding a suitable job.

Recruitment Agencies

Some students also find jobs through recruitment agencies. These agencies work with companies to fill vacancies and can help you find a job that suits your skills and qualifications.

Company Websites

If you’re interested in a particular Australian company, you can also directly visit their website and check if there’s any job opening. You could also contact them directly through email or phone to check if they’re interested in you.   Remember, it’s important to understand the job requirements and ensure that you have the necessary skills and qualifications before applying for a job. Also, be aware of the visa restrictions and make sure that you do not violate any rules.  

What are the work rights for international students in Australia?

The Australian Government has set a list of work health and safety laws to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers in Australia, including international students. Here are the primary details you need to know about work rights for international students in Australia:  
  • Same Rights: International students have the same workplace rights and protections as anyone else working in Australia.
  • Minimum Wage: You must be paid at least the minimum wage of AUD 21.38 per hour
  • Tax: You must pay tax on your income.
  • Payslip: You must receive a payslip no further than 1 day after getting paid.
  • Work Limit: From 1 July 2023, student visa holders are restricted to 48 hours of work a fortnight while their course is in session. This is equivalent to approximately three days per week.
  • No Work Restrictions: Student visa holders have no work restrictions when their course of study or training is not in session.
  • Fair Work Ombudsman: International students can directly contact the Fair Work Ombudsman if they’re having workplace/employment issues, without fear of their visa being cancelled.

How to write a winning resume for jobs in Australia?

Your resume or CV, what it includes and what it doesn’t also play a big role in your chances of landing a job. So, here are some tips for crafting a winning resume as an international student in Australia:  

Tip 1: Tailor Your Resume

Instead of having one resume that you send out for every job, tailor your resume for different job positions.

Tip 2: Layout

It’s wise not to make your resume super fancy or colourful as it will distract the employer from finding what they’re looking for. Keep the formatting simple and use a basic font like Times New Roman or Arial. Make sure to bold or underline the headings (not both) and try to use bullet points where possible to make for easy reading.

Tip 3: Personal / Contact Details

Include your name, address, phone number, and email address so it’s easier for them to contact you directly if they’re interested.

Tip 4: Career Profile

Your career profile should be a short paragraph or a list of bullet points summarising your professional goals, your particular skills, and what you can offer your prospective employer.

Tip 5: Skills Summary

Highlight your primary skills that the job that you’re applying to might be looking after.

Tip 6: Research

Before you begin, research the business and industry that you are submitting your resume to. This can help you to assess whether you have the basic skills and experience needed for that job position.

Tip 7: Honesty

Be honest! Employers have a lot of tools to check information, so do not take any risks.

Tip 8: Length

Keep your resume/CV short. 1-2 pages (3 maximum) is the general expectation.   Remember, the power of words is in clarity & getting to the point. Good luck with your job search!  


  Working part-time in Australia as an international student requires understanding of various factors such as visa regulations, work rights, job search strategies, and crafting an effective resume. But beyond these challenges, the pay rate is comparatively high and you could be earning enough to pay your personal bills as well as your tuition fees.    Hopefully, this guide helps you to find your dream job in Australia during your stay as an international student. 
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