Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours can I work?
While on your student visa, almost all students will have the following work rights. Work rights begin the day the course commences as stated in the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
While class is not in session: If you are on official school holidays (Christmas, Easter, etc), you are allowed to work full time - unlimited hours. Just keep in mind that school is in session even through the exam period. Even though you might have finished your exams, the course may still be considered in progress. Also note that public holidays do not fall into this category.
If you are studying a Masters by Research or a PhD, you will have unlimited work rights.
Can I work on an ABN while on a Student Visa?
Yes, you can work under an Australian Business Number (ABN) for your own company or as a contractor.
However, you still have to honour the prescribed work rights hours & have a tax file number.
What are the work rights for a dependent on a 500 visa?
Can I work for the same employer indefinitely?
Yes, you are able to work for the same employer for as much time as you like. Unlike a Working Holiday visa which only allows 6 months per employer, there are no restrictions while on a Student Visa.