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If you’re an international student planning to work in Adelaide, it is important to know your rights and responsibilities.
Your student visa is essential for you to be able to work in Australia. It is important that you understand the working conditions of your student visa.
International students should be aware that:
To view the full list of working restrictions, check your visa conditions with the Department of Home Affairs.
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:
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.
It’s illegal to be discriminated against or disadvantaged by race, religion, age, gender, marital status, sexuality or disability. Find out more at the Equal Opportunity Commission.
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.
You have the right to join a union which can help protect your rights at work (union fees apply). It’s illegal for your employer to stop you from joining a union or to discriminate against you for being a union member. Find out more from the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
Police Checks and Clearances
Your Employer Can’t
You should never agree to let an employer pay you in cash (without a pay slip) or allow you to work more hours than your visa allows.
If you do, you might:
If you think your employer is doing the wrong thing, here are some tips on how to start a conversation with your employer.
You can also contact the Fairwork Ombudsman, which has information available in 30 different languages, for advice and assistance.
If you’re going to work in Australia, you should make sure you know how much you’re going to be paid and understand how the Australian tax system works.
Your pay rate will depend on the type of work you’re doing. Your pay should be confirmed in your contract of employment, Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, or it might be governed by an industry award.
Your employer should give you a copy of your contract or award. If they don’t, you should ask for it.
You should be aware that:
For more information about fair pay, visit Fairwork Australia.
If you don’t have a TFN, your employer will withhold more of your pay as tax, so it’s a good idea to get one.
Here are some things you should be aware of:
For more information on tax, visit the Australian Taxation Office.
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.
This money will stay in your super fund, unless you decide to claim it back when you leave Australia.
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