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 DIBP’s 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.
Volunteer work is also not 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.
If you are studying a Masters by research or PhD you have unlimited work rights.
If you have come to Australia with family, please check their visa conditions to find out the number of hours that they can work.
Visit the work conditions for student visa holders section of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for more information.
Get a Tax File Number
You must have a Tax File Number (TFN) to be able to work in Australia. To apply for a TFN, refer to the Australian Taxation Office website.
If you want to work in Australia after you graduate, there are visa types available depending on your circumstances. Visit the DIBP website to explore your options