Your work rights explained

As an international student working in Australia, you have the same protections as any Australian in the workplace.

Work-while-you-study

Download the fact sheet and checklist (PDF 320.5KB) to help you get ready to work while you study.

As an international student working in Australia, you have the same protections as any Australian in the workplace. Here are some things you need to know.

  • Your pay: Australia has a minimum wage. You must be paid at least this amount – it’s the law!
  • Paying tax: If you’re working in Australia, you might need to pay tax depending on how much you earn. Get a Tax File Number (TFN) before starting work. Give your TFN to your boss to make sure you do not pay more tax than you should. Only apply for a TFN once – it is yours for life!
  • Payslips: In Australia, you must get a payslip within one working day of getting paid. Normally, workers get paid weekly, fortnightly (every two weeks) or monthly. The payslip is an important document.
  • Work hours: Remember – as an international student you can work up to 40 hours every two weeks during term time, and unlimited hours during your holiday breaks. It is important you keep to this limit – it is what you agreed to when you were given your student visa.
  • Casual work: In Australia, you will find many casual roles. In casual work, you don’t have a fixed number of hours every week. This means you can manage your own time better.

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