If you are interested in finding out about working while studying you must become familiar with the relevant Australian Government requirements. Please note that you will not be able to work until:
- your course commences, and
- you have been granted a visa with permission to work by the Department of Home Affairs.
For more information, visit the Department of Home Affairs website (opens an external site).
International students (excluding Higher Degree Research HDR)
Student visas are granted with work rights attached, and these work rights are granted with certain conditions. International students may work up to 40 hours per fortnight (14 days) during semester, commencing on a Monday and ending on the following Sunday. They may work unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break.
Higher Degree Research (HDR) students
Master by research and PhD students have unlimited work rights during their study in Australia. The Department of Home Affairs website (opens an external site) provides useful information, including:
- permission to work arrangements
- arrangements and requirements for members of your family (e.g. spouse, dependants) applying for permission to work
- applying for a Tax File Number.
For a comprehensive list of student visa conditions (opens an external site) visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
You should not rely on part-time work as your main source of financial support while in Australia. While working you must abide by Australian taxation laws.
Contact our student advisers with any queries. If you are an Australia Awards Scholarship student, please contact our sponsored students team.
Visit UTS Careerhub for a list of part-time and holiday jobs, and internship opportunities. The UTS Careers Service can help you prepare a resume and practise interview skills.
Post-study work visa
Students who complete an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree in Australia can apply for a post-study work visa from the Department of Home Affairs. This visa enables international student graduates to gain practical work experience in Australia on completion of their degree. The duration of the post-study work visa will depend on the degree attained by the graduate:
- Bachelor and Master by coursework graduates who have spent at least two academic years studying that degree will receive two years post-study work rights;
- Master by research graduates will receive three years post-study work rights; and
- PhD graduates will receive four years post-study work rights.
To apply for a post-study work visa, graduates will need to lodge a post-study work visa application within six months of the date of completion of their course, and provide evidence that they have met the requirement for the award of their degree.
For further details, contact the Department of Home Affairs.
Taxation in Australia
If you are a student enrolled in a course of six months duration or more, you are considered a resident for tax purposes and you pay tax at the residents' rate. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is responsible for the administration of Australian Government taxation.
Information regarding taxation in Australia is available on the ATO website's Studying in Australia page (opens an external site).
The ATO has also developed a series of videos that provide information on the tax system in Australia (opens an external site).