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.

Talk to our students

Speak to someone about their experiences at Griffith University and in Australia

Noticeboards on-campus

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.

Searching online

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

Understanding your visa conditions

You can work while you study at Griffith. However it is important to be aware of your student visa restrictions.


Working conditions for undergraduate, postgraduate and English language students include:

  • You cannot undertake work until you have started your course in Australia.
  • Once you have started studying you can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during the teaching period.
  • You can work unlimited hours when your course is not in session (scheduled course breaks).

Please note, work that is a formal registered part of your study program is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight. Voluntary, unpaid work is also not included.

Australian Government visa work conditions

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.

Griffith University work restrictions

Your rights

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.

Tax Return

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.

Contact us

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