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Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. There are a number of reasons you might want to undertake part-time work while studying in Australia, including assisting with living expenses and gaining work experience in your study area.

Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break, but before you undertake any paid work you need to make sure your visa allows you to work. Find out more at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Paid work

Australia has a wide range of industries and many have part-time employment opportunities, including:

  • Retail - supermarkets, department and clothing stores.
  • Hospitality - cafes, bars and restaurants.
  • Tourism - hotels and motels.
  • Agricultural - farming and fruit-picking.
  • Sales and telemarketing.
  • Administration or Clerical roles.
  • Tutoring.

If you have existing qualifications and/or professional work experience, you may be able to secure casual or part-time work in your field.

Internships and work experience

Paid or unpaid internships can be a great way to get exposure to the professional, financial and creative industries.

Brisbane City Council Work Employment Programs

Brisbane City Council offers training, skills and experience through a range of employment programs including apprenticeships, pre-vocational work experience, traineeships, cadetships and tertiary work experience.

For further information on all programs, visit the website.

Tertiary Youth Work Experience program

The Tertiary Youth Work Experience program provides unpaid placements for Brisbane-based domestic and international tertiary students.

Students are placed for up to 30 days each calendar year (or longer if it is a mandatory and assessable component of their study).

Suitable project work will be identified and students will be matched to the relevant skills and knowledge required for the placement.

For further information on this program, visit the website.

RIBIT

RIBIT is part of Data61, a new entity created from a partnership between NICTA and CSIRO’s Digital Productivity Unit. With top data scientists, software engineers and researchers, Data61 is Australia’s largest data innovation group and has established partnerships with 41 Australian universities as well as extensive networks across State and Federal Governments.

Ribit helps tertiary students kick-start their career through paid internships, work experience, full-time and part-time roles and projects.

Sign up to Ribit to connect with businesses requiring a range of skills, including:

  • IT & programming
  • Marketing & communications
  • Business & finance
  • Design & creative
  • Research & development
  • Admin & support