How and Where to find a Job as an International Student in Australia

How and Where to find a Job as an International Student in Australia


Part 1: Things to know before finding a Job

Working while studying in Australia not only will assists with living expenses, it will also be a great opportunity to network and meet new people.

Australia offers part time jobs for Students in various industries including:

  • Retail – Supermarkets, Department and Clothing Stores
  • Hospitality – Cafes, Bars and Restaurants
  • Tourism – Hotels and Motels
  • Agricultural – Farming and Fruit-Picking
  • Sales and Telemarketing
  • Administration
  • Tutoring

Now, if you have existing qualification and/or professional work experience you might be able to get a part time job in your field.

What are the working conditions for student visa holders in Australia?

As an international student, you are permitted to work 40 hours per fortnight (14 days) while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course break.

You cannot work until your course has commenced.

Here is an example of how fortnight is calculated…

Let’s assume that a student visa holder works the following hours over the course of four weeks:

  • Week 1: 25 hours
  • Week 2: 15 hours
  • Week 3: 30 hours
  • Week 4: 10 hours

In the above example, the working hours of week 1 and 2 equal 40 hours. However, the working hours in week 2 and 3 equal more than 40 hours. Which means that the student hasn’t complied with their work limitation and it might lead to visa cancellation.

If you are a Masters, Researcher or Doctoral Degree Student there is no limit on the number of hours you may work.

Post Grad Research Students, can work up to a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during any preliminary courses they undertake.

Note: Work that is formally registered as a part of your coursework is not included in the 40 hours per
fortnight limitation.

What are the workplace rights for international students?

International students have the same workplace rights as other workers all over Australia.

It is very important that you know your workplace rights and protections while working in Australia:

  • Minimum wage: the minimum wage in Australia has been set at $18.93 per hour or $23.66 for casual workers, from July 1, 2018. You need to be aware that your employer cannot pay you less than the minimum wage set by the Fair Work Commission
  • Your employer can not deduct money from your wages only unless: it is for your benefit and you have agreed to it in writing, it is authorized under a term of award or the Fair Work Commission Order, it is authorized under Commonwealth,State or territory law or court order

Click here to know more about the Workplace Rights in detail.

What documents do you need to apply for part-time jobs in Australia?
  • Tax File Number or TFN: It is required for anybody who wants to work in Australia and is usually given to employers when they start working in Australia. The employer will then deduct tax from your income.
  • CV: Prepare a one page CV (or two if you must). Focus on making it clean and easy to scan. Avoid using too many columns and fonts. Ideally, you want to create a specific CV for a specific job, and not use the same for every application. 

Part 2: How to find a Job


Networking is one of the best and easiest ways of finding jobs in Australia.

Reach out to your relatives or friends in or outside your University or College.

You can also reach out to the companies of your interest.

Tip: Getting involved in your University’s career center or clubs will help expand your network.

Door to door CV submission

You can go to local stores or companies of your interest and drop your CV and Cover Letter and ask if they have any position available.

You can leave them your CV and request them to keep you in mind for future vacancies.

Make sure you are dressed formally and make a good first impression.

Look for jobs in the Australian job search engines

More details below! 😊

Part 3: Where to find a Job

University’s Career Portal

Your University will have a career portal, which advertises on and off campus jobs for students.

Keep going through it regularly.


Australian Job Websites will give you an idea of the kind of jobs available on the market. Here is a list of the best 12 Australian websites to look for jobs:

  • Gumtree: is a simple and affordable way of finding jobs in your local market. The job categories include hospitality and tourism, retail, trades and services, construction, manufacturing, transport and logistics, education and teaching, sales, administration and office support, farming and veterinary and much more! You can also search for jobs by category
  • Seek: is an effective way of finding jobs. You can find many jobs advertisements here. Look for jobs that have no visa restrictions as some jobs might specifically ask for PR or Citizenship. You can create a free account and browse job listings
  • All Jobs: you can search for jobs by Title, Company Name, or State. It also allows you to search jobs in New Zealand
  • APS: you can search government jobs, short-term or contract work, part-time or full-time positions, local government jobs, as well as traineeships and apprenticeships. You can also find information on how to find training and employment services programs, occupation and industry statistics, and job application tips
  • Arts Hub: If you’re looking for job in arts, cultural or creative industries, architecture, design, performance, and publishing, ArtsHub is where you should look. A paid membership is required to apply for jobs. The website also contains an events calendar and grant listings
  • Careerjet: You can find over 40 million job listings from over 25,000 quality websites from around the world. You can search for jobs by industry in Australia’s metropolitan or regional areas
  • CareerOne: contains general job listings, company profiles, career advice, job hunting tips, and employment updates, online courses. It also provides support in lesson planning and resume building
  • Glassdoor: you can search for all the open positions on the web with a salary estimate. You can also read profiles of over 600,000 companies worldwidwe
  • GradCommection: is perfect for you if you are looking for jobs while studying. It contains listings of internships, graduate positions, part time jobs and casual positions. You can use CV generator to build your profile and upgrade it to let employers find you
  • Indeed: it contains thousands of job boards, company websites, classifieds and newspapers. You can upload your resume and let employers find you
  • JobSeeker: you can find jobs in non-profit organizations and local government sector
Social Media
  • LinkedIn: is is the best platform if you are looking for white collar jobs. About 1in 4 Australian is registered in LinkedIn. Create a public or private profile and connect with potential employees. The jobs are tailored based on your searches. You can also subscribe to certain companies and update yourself on available positions
  • Facebook: you can find various Job Postings through Facebook groups as well. There might be, literally, thousands of Facebook groups just on your local area, so go to the search bar, and look for Facebook Groups around you. Local Groups are always better!
  • Found careers: this one is actually an app! Can help you find casual jobs that are geographically closer to you. It gives you a good idea about nearby cafes and restaurants that are hiring

Part 4: Additional Tips

  • Don’t be shy! Walk into the company of your interest or local stores and ask to talk to the
    manager about job prospects
  • Prepare your resume: take at least two copies of your resume with contact details to the manager
  • Pick the right time: avoid visiting the businesses to drop your CV, during busy hours. For example, avoid going to the restaurants during meal time
  • Always demonstrate eagerness: If there is no work available at the moment, ask if they know other businesses that may be hiring