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

Students currently studying in Adelaide who require support in gaining part-time work are welcome to register for our Get Work Help Desk.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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