Work In Australia While You Study

Working while you study can help complement your study and living experience in Australia. There are a number of reasons you might want to undertake part-time work while studying, including assisting with living expenses and gaining valuable work experience relevant to your studies.

Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours in any consecutive two week period while your course is in session, with unrestricted hours allowed during any scheduled course break. But before you undertake any paid work you need to make sure your visa allows you to work. Find out more at the Department of Home Affairs

Paid Work
Australia has a wide range of industries and many have part time employment opportunities, including:

· Retail – supermarkets, department and clothing stores

· Hospitality – cafes, bars and restaurants

· Tourism – hotels and motels, resorts, theme parks & other tourist attractions

· Agricultural – farming and fruit-picking

· Sales and telemarketing.

· Administration or Clerical roles.

· Tutoring.

If you have existing qualifications and/or professional work experience, you may be able to secure casual or part-time work in your field. It might also pay to take short courses such as barista, hairstyling and beauty, individual support, RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) and others.

Reach Australia Education currently offer short courses that can improve your employability in Australia. We currently offer, in association with our college partners, Cert III in Individual Support (Ageing) and Cert III in Logistics. To inquire please use the contact from on our Contact Us page.

Internships
Paid or unpaid internships can be a great way to get exposure to the professional, financial and creative industries. Learn more about getting an internship at: http://studentinternships.com.au/state+qld

Volunteering
There are many charities and non-government organisations (NGOs) in Australia and they always need volunteers to help out. It can be a great way to meet friends, get some hands-on work experience and give back to the community. To find out more about volunteering, start your search at: http://www.govolunteer.com.au/

Your Rights
Everyone working in Australia, including international students or those on working holiday visas, have basic rights at work. These rights protect entitlement to:

· A minimum wage

· Challenge of unfair dismissal from the job

· Breaks and rest periods

· A healthy and safe work environment

Most jobs in Australia are covered by an ‘award’, which sets minimum wages and conditions for a given field of work or industry, and employers in these industries must abide by these awards. To find out more about your work rights visit the Australian Government’s Fair Work website.

You will also need to apply for a tax file number to work in Australia. Visit the Australian Taxation Office website to find out more information on getting a tax file number, as well as information about paying taxes in Australia.

Finding Work
There are plenty of ways to find work that suits you, including:

· Newspapers and online job sites such as Seek, Indeed & Jora and also LinkedIn. You can even advertise your services with GumTree.

· Some institutions provide job notice-boards on campus and online. Contact your institution’s international student support staff to find out what options your institution offers.

· Register your details at a recruitment firm; many of them help place people in casual or short-term work.

· We can sometimes help with work opportunities or contacts.

Sign up with: https://studentedge.com.au/jobs for casual and part time jobs available for students all year round.

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