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 work, it is important that you understand your work rights.

You should also be familiar with the working conditions of your student visa and adhere to any conditions and restrictions. This includes the maximum hours you are allowed to work and when you can begin working.

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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Part-Time Work

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

Starting 1 July 2023, international students can work up to 48 hours per fortnight. This equates to 24 hours per week. Click here for more information about this new working hours policy.

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Finding Work in Adelaide

There are many places where you can look for 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:

StudyAdelaide offers a range of resources to support international students in Adelaide who are searching for a job. View the range of support available on our Student Portal.

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Internships and Volunteering

Internships and volunteering while studying in Australia 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
  • contribute positively to the day to day operations of their organisation with the guidance of a workplace and academic supervisor

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