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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Tan

PSA: Unrestricted work rights for student visa holders will end on 30 June 2023

All ongoing, students, new student arrivals, and secondary candidates are permitted to work more than 40 hours per fortnight in any area of the economy until June 30, 2023, before the course of study officially begins.

The amount of hours that student visa holders can work, will be limited again after June 30, 2023. The amount of hours worked by student visa holders helps to guarantee that Students acquire a high-quality Australian education and qualification.

Information for Students

You still need to balance your studies and work commitments, although you have some flexibility within the range of hours you'll work

Students must still:

  • maintain their course enrollment

  • ensure satisfactory course attendance, and

  • ensure satisfactory course progress

Student visa holders may be in violation of their visa requirements if they cancel their enrollment, discontinue classes, or do not complete their courses satisfactorily.

Information for Employers

Employers must continue to comply with Australian workplace policies. Under Australian workplace law, Overseas workers, including international students have the same rights as all other employees.

While these measures are in place, the Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force:

  • may exercise their discretion under Section 116(1)(b) of the Migration Act of 1958. This is to prevent the cancellation of visas for students who work more than 40 hours each fortnight to support your organization.

  • not refer student visa holders to investigations of potential violations under Section 235 of the Migration Act of 1958. This may refer to hours worked by a student visa holder in violation of visa requirements

  • not refer you or any relevant third-party employment agency as an employer to investigate possible violations under Section 245AC of the Immigration Act of 1958.

Feel free to book in a consultation for detailed advice and steps!

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