Working while you study is a great way to complement your study and living experience.

Australia has a wide range of industries that offer part-time and casual work. Before you undertake any paid work, you need to make sure your visa allows you to work. 

If you have a student visa, you may be able to work up to 40 hours in a fortnight while your course is in session, and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks. If you are a Masters by research or PhD student, you may work full time. 

Learn more about working conditions for international students on the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

Part-Time Work

Part-time employment in Adelaide can be a great way to balance work with study.  Most international students do some amount of part-time work in Adelaide while studying to assisting with living expenses, meet new people and gain experience of an Australian workplace.

There are many opportunities for you to undertake part-time work from a wide range of industries in Adelaide. This includes:

  • Retail - supermarkets, departments and clothing stores
  • Hospitality - cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Tourism - hotels, tour operators
  • Sales and Telemarketing
  • Administration or Clerical roles
  • Tutoring

Back to top

Internships and Volunteering

Internships and volunteering in Adelaide are a great way to demonstrate to employers that you can apply your technical skills effectively in the workplace, interact positively with a range of different colleagues and clients and contribute positively to the day to day operations of their organisation with the guidance of a workplace and academic supervisor.

Back to top

Working Rights in Australia

All international students in Australia have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia. These workplace rights include protecting your entitlement to:

  • A minimum wage and superannuation
  • Challenge of unfair dismissal from the job
  • Leave, breaks and rest periods
  • A healthy and safe work environment

Find out more about your working rights as an international student through the Australian Government's Fair Work Ombudsman - an independent government organisation that offers free services to all workers in Australia, including international students.

Back to top

Finding Work

There are many places where you can look for part-time work in Adelaide, including:

  • The Careers Service at your university or institution
  • The ‘Careers’ or ‘Employment’ section of company websites
  • Dedicated job search websites like the following:

Back to top

Student Stories

Hear from international students about living and studying in Adelaide.

Read more stories