Finding a job

Starting your search for work

There are lots of different ways to find a job in Australia. Here are some of the best places to get started.

Do you have time to work?

Although starting a job is a great way to earn money, meet people and improve your English and other skills, it can also take time away from your studies. It is important to consider the pros and cons of a having a part time job while studying.

Check your visa rules

Australian Student Visa holders are normally eligible to work for up to 20 hours a week during term time and full time during holidays, but it is important to check your visa rules to ensure you are allowed to work before you start looking for a job. Check the rules at Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

Depending on your qualification you may be entitled to work rights after your studies, but not all students will be eligible. Check the eligibility criteria and rules on the official Department of Home Affairs website.

Internet job search sites

Australia has a huge range of job search websites including:

Costs and earnings

You can use the Fair Work Ombudsman's Pay and Conditions Tool (P.A.C.T) to find out pay rates, penalties and allowances, leave entitlements and more. If you have questions about your pay and conditions at work you can visit for help. This website has information available in 27 languages.

Tax – do not forget that you should be taxed on your earnings – learn more about Tax here.

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