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NSW Jobs Connect for International Students

Enhance your employability, build skills and launch your global career in Sydney and NSW.

Study NSW and Seek have partnered with NSW employers to connect international students with quality jobs across Sydney and NSW. Use #NSWJobsConnect on Seek to search for jobs across 30 industries.

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Work while you study

Working while you study in Australia can help complement your entire student experience.

Australia is a great place to work as an international student. You may choose to work while you are studying. This can be an option to earn extra spending money and get a taste of the local culture. Here are a few things to remember:

Work hours: Until 30 June 2023, all ongoing students as well as new student arrivals and secondary applicants can work more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy and work before their course of study commences. After the 30 June 2023, the number of hours a Student visa holder will be allowed to work will again be capped.

Workplace protections: You have the same protections at work as anyone else working in Australia.

Minimum wage: You will get at least a minimum rate of pay per hour no matter what job you do.

Strong support: You will find support every step of your journey as a student worker. Help is always available from government and private organisations as well as your education provider.

Get job ready

Make the most of your student experience and unlock opportunities by navigating the Australian job market. Working while you study in Australia can help complement your entire student experience.

Seek and Careers NSW have resources to help you get job ready.

Advice and tips Resume and cover letters Prepare for jobs interviews

Your workplace rights

All people working in Australia have basic rights and protections in the workplace, including minimum pay and conditions. The Fair Work Ombudsman makes sure that these rights are protected and enforced fairly under Australia’s workplace laws.

Like many international students, you may get a part-time or casual job to help pay your living expenses while you study in Australia. It is important that you know your rights in the workplace.

Access Fair Work Ombudsman resources for international students

Enhance your employability

Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

The Australian Government's Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR), offers a range of resources designed to connect students and graduates to information on employment. The department offers information on preparing for employment, becoming an apprentice or trainee.

Study Australia Work Readiness Program

A free online course that will help you put your best foot forward after you graduate.

Study Australia Industry Experience Program

A free 2-week virtual industry experience program funded by Study NSW for international students.

NSW Government Virtual Internship

Do you want a challenging and varied career with the opportunity to help deliver better outcomes for the people of NSW? This Virtual Internship is free for all students.

Top tips for expanding your job prospects

Network, be smart, get experience, demonstrate your strengths and – above all – be yourself: these are the top tips for international students looking to enhance their employability. The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) has prepared an Employability Guide for International Students, and the accompanying video is designed to help students expand their job prospects and enhance their career.

The guide provides advice for identifying career goals and acquiring employability skills in the first, second and final years of study in Australia. It also provides guidance to students after graduating and emphasises the importance of managing expectations, knowing your rights and the benefits of lifelong learning.

Download Employability Guide for International Students