International student in Australia can work up to 40 hours every fortnight during their study term and unrestricted hours during the study break if they are a Student Visa holder. Working while studying in Australia can provide very useful experience and understanding about the Australian lifestyle. Most international students work to gain some work experience and earn extra pocket money by taking up a part-time or casual job while studying in Australia.

Common job vacancies for overseas students include positions in multiple industries including:


  • Retail business (eg. retail pharmacy, aged care, aged care)
  • Restaurants (eg. cleaning, kitchen hand, cook)
  • Aged care (eg. carer, general workers)
  • Cleaning services (eg. general workers, cleaners)
  • Businesses related to healthcare (eg. nursing assistants, carer, cleaners)
  • Administrative intern (eg. accounts, clerical, administrative)


Working as a student in Australia

If you are studying commercial cookery, you can lodge the hours you have committed to working in a restaurant especially in the kitchen to fulfil the Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) requirement in the skill assessment to obtain a Graduate Visa upon the completion of your studies. Jobs generally available for students in Australia include hotels, cleaning services, retail businesses (namely restaurants, pharmacies, telco services), aged care centres and many more.