Student visa work rights

As an international student, you are able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight and unlimited hours during semester breaks.

Working while you study

Learn about the types of part-time and casual roles, work placements and volunteering opportunities you can find at La Trobe University - and how to land them!

Visa work restrictions

Keep working hours under 48 per fortnight

As an international student at La Trobe College Australia, you can work part time while you are studying, but it is important to be aware of the rules on your student visa.

If you are on a student visa, you are limited to 48 hours of work per fortnight during semester and unlimited hours during holidays. You won’t be able to work until after your course has commenced**.

Be aware that your visa requires you to be a full-time student (studying at least 3 units per trimester) and complete your course within the duration specified in your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).

If you have dependent family members included on your student visa, they are also eligible to work.

Make sure you are aware of all the working conditions for international students on the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website.

Your Tax File Number

How to get a Tax File Number (TFN)

If you plan on working while you are in Australia, you will need a Tax File Number (TFN) so that your employer can pay you and you can pay the right amount of tax. This is a number - unique to you - that is used to file tax reports and important government documents.

If you are working in Australia, you are required to file a tax return, which is tracked to your TFN. As an international student, you will likely receive a refund when you file your tax return.

Your rights at work

Everyone is protected by workers’ rights

Everyone who works in Australia, including international students, is protected by a set of workers’ rights. For example, it is illegal for an employer to pay you in cash with no payslip. Other rights include working in safe conditions, being paid the correct rate and feeling comfortable at your workplace.

Find out more about your rights at work