International students can only work 48 hours per fortnight from 1st July 2023 unless exempted.

International students can only work 48 hours per fortnight from 1st July 2023 unless exempted.

From 1 July 2023, the Australian Government has re-introduced limits on the number of work hours allowed for student visa holders (subclass 500) studying and working in Australia.

Student visa work restrictions were relaxed throughout the pandemic, and temporarily removed in January 2022. This temporary arrangement ended on 30 June 2023.  

From 1 July 2023, the number of work hours allowed during study terms and semesters has been capped at the increased amount of 48 hours per fortnight, during study terms and semesters.

This ensures that student visa holders can focus on their learning in Australia, but also take up paid employment and gain valuable work experience while they study.

The Australian Government has also announced that student visa holders already working in the aged care sector on 9 May 2023 can continue to work unrestricted hours in the aged care sector until 31 December 2023.

You must continue to balance your study and work commitments even though there is flexibility in the number of hours you can work.

You must still:

  • maintain your course enrolment
  • ensure satisfactory course attendance, and
  • ensure satisfactory course progress.

If you cancel your enrolment and stop attending classes, or fail to meet satisfactory course progress, you may be in breach of your visa conditions.

These changes will impact big cohort of international students as most of them are now used to working full time and balancing studies through online study mode with increased income to support their studies and livelihood. So, this capped will have negative impact for sure as its been relaxed for a long extended period of time and has made international students used to such working patterns.

Please follow these new working conditions and make sure you abide by all visa conditions properly.

Posted by Satya Shukla on July 2, 2023

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