Working whilst you study in Australia can help to enhance your experience in Australia. Not only will it help contribute to your living expenses, but it can also provide you with the opportunity to gain valuable experience in your area of study.
As a Student Visa holder, you, and your dependent family members have permission to work in Australia AFTER you have begun your studies. Once your studies have begun you are eligible to work 20hrs per week (40hrs per fortnight) whilst your course is in session, and unlimited hours when you course is out of session i.e. study break.
The exception to this is formal, registered work which makes up part of your course, or volunteer work (provided it meets certain conditions) where you may work unlimited hours.
Dependent family members are too eligible to work for 20hrs per week once the course has commenced. Dependent family members are not eligible to work unlimited hours when the student visa holder is on study break.
It’s important that you adhere closely to the conditions imposed on student visa holders, as there is the risk of cancellation if visa conditions are broken.
For further information on your work rights in Australia, please feel free to contact Windsor College on +61 3 9663 0272
Source – Work Conditions for Student Visa Holders: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/Work-conditions-for-Student-visa-holders (07/12/2017)