Looking for part-time or casual jobs

Find out where to start your job search and what the differences between full-time, part-time and casual work are.

Many international students seek part-time or casual work while they study in Australia.

The extra spending money to support your living experience can help you discover this wonderful country and meet other students in your local community. It's also a great way to build your confidence and make new friends.

While there are benefits to having employment while you study, there are two things you must do:

1. Make sure you have enough time to balance your studies, job and your wellbeing.

2. Check your visa status to ensure you are eligible to work whilst studying.

Knowing your visa requirements

Australian student visa holders currently have no restriction on the number of hours that they can work while studying in Australia. It also means that students who have already arrived in Australia can start working even before the start of their course.

The temporary removal of restrictions on working hours does not change the requirement that international students must still meet satisfactory course progress requirements, and balance work and study commitments. Students must still:

  • Maintain their course enrolment
  • Ensure satisfactory course attendance, and
  • Ensure satisfactory course progress.

See latest for more on this topic in Frequently Asked Visa questions.

To check your visa rules, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Where to look to find a job

In Australia, the best way to look for part-time or casual work are through job listing sites such as: 

Other ways to find work include: 

  • Word of mouth – ask your friends or local community.
  • Your personal or professional networks and connections.
  • Dedicated websites, job noticeboards and alumni groups at your university or institution.
  • Professional recruitment companies.

The Developing Employability Student Starter Kit can help you take control of your employability and professional development.

International students have access to the same workplace protections as all Australian employees and are entitled to safe and fair workplaces. 

The differences between full-time, part-time and casual work

In Australia, an employee could be hired in a full-time, part-time or casual role. Each of these types of employment have varying pay rates, hours of work and entitlements.

Full-time employees

As a full-time Australian employee, you would:

  • Work, on average, 38 hours each week.
  • Be a permanent employee or have a fixed-term contract.
  • Be entitled to paid leave including annual leave and sick/carer’s leave.
  • Be entitled to a written notice if an employer terminates a contract.

Part-time employees

As a part-time employee, you would:

  • Work, on average, less than 38 hours per week.
  • Work regular hours each week.
  • Be a permanent employee or have a fixed-term contract.
  • Be entitled to paid leave including annual leave and sick/carer’s leave.
  • Be entitled to a written notice if an employer terminates a contract.

Casual employees:

As a casual employee, you would:

  • Have accepted an offer for a job knowing there is no firm advance commitment to ongoing work.

For an overview of each type of employment and its entitlements, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

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