Temporary Relaxation of Working Hours for Student Visa Holders
The Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force will take a flexible approach to student visa holders, including those working beyond their usual work limitations, but only in the sectors below.
You can work for more than 40 hours a fortnight if you are employed:
By an aged care Approved Provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID, before 8 September 2020
By a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provider
Enrolled in a health care related course and you are supporting the health effort against COVID-19, as directed by health officials
In the agriculture sector
In the tourism and hospitality sector
More information is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Part-Time or Casual Employment
Part-time employment is an excellent way to balance work with your study. As a part-time employee, you’ll receive the same benefits as a full-time employee on a pro-rata basis. You will generally work regular and ongoing hours and be entitled to annual leave, sick and carer's leave.
Casual employment gives you more flexibility, but often fewer guaranteed hours than a part-time employee. As a casual employee, you’ll get a higher hourly pay rate, but aren't entitled to paid sick leave or annual leave.
Your employer must provide a safe and healthy working environment. This includes managing hazards and risks and looking after your health and wellbeing in a workplace free from discrimination and harassment. Find out more at SafeWork SA.
For some jobs, you’ll need an industry certification or licence to operate equipment. For example, to work in security jobs, the gambling industry or childcare, you’ll need a certification. And if you’re operating specific equipment like scissor lifters, you’ll need a licence. Find out more by speaking with your employer.
If you’re over 18 and earning more than $450 per month (before tax), your employer must pay superannuation (or ‘super’) into your nominated fund. This money grows over your lifetime and provides for your retirement.