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While there are many benefits to working while you study, there are two things you must do:
Take these steps to find the right role for you.
Visit these helpful websites to look for part-time and casual work vacancies. Search by industry, type of work, location and time commitment:
The main difference between, part-time, full-time or casual work relates to the worker’s hours, rights, entitlements and benefits (including wages).
Part-time employees work a set number of hours per week, but less than 38 hours per week. Part-time employees agree to work a fixed number of hours per week with their employer.
Part-time roles are often found in hospitality and retail, care industries and supply chain sectors. Part-time employees have the same rights as full-time employees but work fewer hours.
Full-time employees work 38 hours per week, on average, across a very wide range of industries, and have set wages and paid leave allocated for illness and holidays each year.
Part-time and full-time employees have entitlements to paid leave, including annual leave and sick/carer’s leave. They also have an entitlement to a written notice if an employer terminates a contract.
Casual work is a bit different. Casual workers may have hours that vary from week to week, and there is no commitment from the employer to offer ongoing work. Casual employees are not entitled to paid leave, but there is also no limit on the amount of leave they can take. The other advantage is a higher hourly rate, to compensate for having to take unpaid leave when ill or on holidays.
For an overview of each type of employment and its entitlements, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.