Working while you study in Australia is a great opportunity to earn money, improve your English, gain skills and meet new people, but conditions and restrictions apply.
To check if you have permission to work, visit the Department of Home Affairs Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service.
Work conditions for student visa holders
As an international student, you must not start work until you have started your program. You can work no more than 40 hours per fortnight (two weeks) during the semester.
Work-based activities undertaken as part of your RMIT program, for example, Work Integrated Learning (WIL), does not count towards your work hour limits, as long as this amount of WIL/ work-based training is part of the CRICOS registration of that specific program.
Volunteer work is also included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight.
As long as you are not enrolled in any courses, including online courses studied in Australia, you can work unrestricted hours during your semester break.
Visit the work conditions for student visa holders section of the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.
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Updated by International Compliance: August 2019