Work in Australia
Student jobs Australia
One of the best things about being an international student in Australia is that you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight (every two weeks) and full time during holidays. It typically takes students around two months to find their first job, so make sure you have enough money to cover this period.
Before you start
You’ll need to organise a few things before you start looking for a student job in Australia. These include:
- Applying for a Tax File Number (TFN). Every employer will ask you for this number and it will help at the end of the financial year to claim – or pay – your taxes. (Remember, you are an Australian resident for tax purposes). See the ATO website for information and how to apply.
- Preparing and printing your resume. Make sure it’s aimed at the position you’re applying for – and include relevant experience.
- Visit EMSA. Every Wednesday, we post our Job List with more than 40 casual positions around Australia.
While looking for a job
Here are our top tips for finding student work in Australia:
Know where to look. The best job websites are:
Recruitment agencies can be a good avenue for finding work, especially if you are skilled or can work full time.
Look where the others aren’t. The most common mistake we see international students make is dropping their CV where everyone else is doing it. Can you do something different, like go outside the CBD or do unusual tasks, like dog walking? Airtasker could be a good place to see what tasks are in demand in your area.
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