International students allowed to work for extra hours in Australiaby Jeduka Helpdesk Education Counsultant
Australian student visa holders will be able to work up to 80 hours a fortnight under a temporary relaxation of visa rules. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has fuelled labor shortages across several sectors in Australia, prompting the 40-hour-a-fortnight cap lift in sectors affected by the pandemic.
Australian student visa holders fill worker shortages in Omicron affected sectors
Business groups have reportedly forced Australian government ministers to increase the limit on the permitted working hours of international students. Traditionally, international students in Australia were allowed to work for only a 20-hour-per-week limit during classes. Now the government has agreed to increase the 40-hour a fortnight limit for international students while they are studying in Australia, with it likely to be doubled to 80 hours a fortnight or 40 hours a week.
Conditions for International Students to work more than 40 hours
You can work for more than 40 hours a fortnight only keeping in mind the following points:
- You can work for an aged care Approved Provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID.
- You can work for a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider.
- You can enroll in a healthcare-related course and you are supporting the health effort against COVID-19, as directed by health officials
- You can work in the agriculture sector
- You can work in the tourism and hospitality sector
- You can work in a supermarket, or associated distribution facility, located in an area impacted by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions for the duration of the lockdown.
Important for Students
International students must continue to balance their studies along with their work commitments even though they are allowed to work for more hours in certain sectors. Students who work for more than 40 hours a fortnight in the above-mentioned sectors on a student visa for Australia, must:
- Ensure their course enrolment
- Maintain satisfactory course attendance, and
- Maintain satisfactory course progress.
If you are working or have an offer of employment in one of these sectors, and you have completed your studies in Australia, you may be eligible for a COVID-19 Pandemic (subclass 408) visa. These are temporary measures during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be reviewed by the Government.
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