Working part-time can help complement your study and living experience while in here 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.
Conditions for working while studying
Griffith’s careers and employment service provides students and graduates with a variety of career and employment information including part-time, casual and degree-related job opportunities, career development services and employment resources.
Our careers and employment service is a great place to start your job search.
You can also find positions on our employment notice boards at the Hub (N11) on the Nathan campus and the Link (G07) on the Gold Coast campus.
For other job vacancies, you can view the SEEK website, which has an extensive listing of part-time and casual positions that you can search by industry and location.
Your rights at work
Australia has a national industrial relations system that protects your rights at work. Griffith’s careers and employment service website has some useful information on work permits, hours you can work, wages, taxation, workplace rights, and where and how international students can look for work. For more information on working in Australia, you can also visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
Before you begin working in Australia, you will need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) as you will need to give this to your employer to avoid paying the highest tax rate.
Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
You will also 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.