Paid Work

Australia has a wide range of industries and many have part time employment opportunities.

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


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


There are many charities and non-government organisations (NGOs) in Australia and they always need volunteers to help out. It can be a great way to meet friends, get some hands on work experience and give back to the community.

Your Rights

Everyone working in Australia, including international students or those on working holiday visas, have basic rights at work. These rights protect entitlement to:
• A minimum wage.
• Challenge of unfair dismissal from the job
• Breaks and rest periods.
• A healthy and safe work environment.

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To find out more about your work rights visit the Australian Government’s fair work website  You will also need to get a tax file number to work in Australia. Visit the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)) website to find out more information on getting a tax file number and as well as information about paying taxes in Australia.

Finding Work

There are plenty of ways to find work that suits you, including:

  • Newspapers and online job sites.
  • Some institutions provide job notice-boards on campus and online. Contact your institution’s international student support staff to find out what options your institution offers.
  • Register your details at a recruitment firm; many of them help place people in casual or short-term work.