Working in Australia

Anyone working in Australia has basic employee rights, entitlements and obligations.

Whether you're a domestic or international student, if you’re looking to work in Australia, you must be aware of your employee rights and obligations, and follow all government employment requirements.

Before you apply for work

To work in Australia, you must:

Working as an international student

International students are typically only allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight during the semester. During university holidays international students can typically work full-time.

However, different visa types have different work requirements. So you should check you are working in accordance with your individual visa requirements on the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website:

Payment and rights

In Australia, we have strict rules to ensure employees are being paid and treated fairly.

The Fair Work Ombudsman website provides free information and advice on pay, conditions and workplace rights in Australia.

International students can also consult the International Education Association of Australia’s Employable You: An online guide for international students


Superannuation (or 'super') is money deducted from your salary and invested into a fund by your employer for when you retire.

For information on superannuation, see:

Finding work

If you’re looking for work, check out:

Starting your own business

Thinking of starting your own business and being your own boss? Check out:

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.