Complement your study and living experience in Australia
As an international student with a current student visa, you can work part-time while you study, subject to visa restrictions. Most student visas allow you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during the teaching period and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break.
Careers and employment service
Our careers and employment service is a great place to start your job search. It provides Griffith University students and graduates with career and employment information including part-time, casual and degree-related job opportunities, career development services and employment resources. Learn about work permits, hours you can work, wages, taxation, workplace rights, and where and how international students can look for work.
You can find work advertised on our employment notice boards at the Hub (building N11) on the Nathan campus and the Link (building G07) on the Gold Coast campus.
The SEEK website lists part-time and casual positions that you can search by industry and location.
Check your visa conditions
If you breach your work conditions, your visa may be subject to cancellation
Restricted working hours
The following example of working hours shows how the conditions apply when an undergraduate or postgraduate student works over a four-week period after their course has commenced.
- Week 1: 15 hours work
- Week 2: 25 hours work
- Week 3: 25 hours work
- Week 4: 10 hours work
In the fortnight comprising Weeks 1 and 2 above (40 hours worked in that 14-day period) or in the fortnight comprising Weeks 3 and 4 above (35 hours worked in that 14-day period), the work condition is not breached. However, the student visa holder has breached their work condition in the fortnight comprising Weeks 2 and 3 above (50 hours worked in that 14-day period).
Research students are eligible to work in Australia. The Australian Government allows students who are enrolled in a masters by research or doctorate program to work unlimited hours, however, Griffith University research students (including scholarship recipients) are only permitted to undertake limited paid employment.
Australia has a national industrial relations system that protects your rights at work
Tax File Number
Before you begin working in Australia, you will need to apply for a Tax File Number as you will need to give this to your employer to avoid paying the highest tax rate.
You will need to complete a yearly tax return as you may be eligible for a partial refund. Tax returns must be lodged by 31 October for the previous financial year, which runs from 1 July to 30 June.