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International Students can now Work for 40+ Hours per Fortnight

Posted 24th January 2022

The Australian government recently announced a temporary relaxation of working hours for those holding Student Visas. This means that students can now work for more than 40 hours per fortnight.

“This is a great initiative for all our students currently on a student visa and in Adelaide. This will help them gain a meaningful experience in the working environment while supporting themselves financially during this difficult time,” says Nereshnee Shunmugam, CMU-A Director of Admissions & Student Affairs.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Students can work more than 40 hours per fortnight even if their classes are ongoing.

  • Students can seek employment before the start of their classes.

  • Students are still required to maintain course enrollment, ensure satisfactory course attendance, and course progress, in compliance with their visa requirements.

  • The relaxation of working hours also includes secondary applicants.

  • The relaxation of working hours is only until April 2022, subject for review by the government.

  • Student visa holders who cancel their enrollment, stop attending classes, or fail to meet satisfactory progress, may result in a breach in their visa.


"This is a great initiative for all our students currently on a student visa and in Adelaide. This will help them gain a meaningful experience in the working environment while supporting themselves financially during this difficult time."


This announcement came at perfect timing as StudyAdelaide is about to officially launch Job Shop – an exciting initiative designed to help new and returning students secure a job even before arriving in Adelaide.

Hundreds of part-time and casual jobs are available with companies ranging from retail, events, fast food, and hospitality. The Job Shop page allows students to browse through available positions and send in their applications directly to potential employers. This opportunity will open doors for students to earn some income, meet new people, broaden their network, and get a taste of Australian culture.

“Students must ensure that they maintain satisfactory academic performance while taking full advantage of this opportunity,” adds Nereshnee.

Study Adelaide also prepared workshops that can help equip students in their job hunt. Workshops scheduled this February include resume writing and how to present your best self to employers.

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