Working on a student visa - Section contents

Student visas allow you to do limited work in Australia, subject to certain conditions.

If you are on a student visa, there are restrictions regarding when and how much you and your family can work while in Australia.

You and your dependents (if any):

  • can only work after you have commenced your course
  • must adhere to the work hour restrictions set out in your visa conditions.

You can find out how much work your visa allows you to do by using Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

The Department of Home Affair’s website provides a complete overview of all work conditions for student visa holders and dependents, including defining when a course is in and out of session. You can refer to our academic calendar to determine official dates of semesters and examination periods. Course breaks start after the examination period (even if you don’t have exams) and end when the following semester begins.

Internship subjects

Internship subjects that are undertaken as an elective and are not a mandatory requirement for your course will count towards your work limitation.

Verifying your work conditions

Many organisations across Australia, including employers, recruitment agencies and banks, can also check your work conditions after getting your consent. If your employer wants to you to verify your work rights, provide them with a copy of your visa grant letter or VEVO record.

Workplace rights

If you will be working while in Australia, it's important to understand your workplace rights about things like pay, working conditions and health and safety

Useful materials include:

Claim your superannuation before leaving

If you've worked while in Australia, ensure you claim any superannuation paid to you when you permanently depart Australia.