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The information on this page will help you to:

  • Understand the visa conditions relating to working while studying, and
  • Apply for permission to work on a student visa.


How to apply for working permission


Maximum working hours permitted

If you get permission to work, there will be restrictions on the number of hours you will be allowed to work per fortnight. The following table describes the maximum work hours permitted after a permission to work visa has been granted, from 1 July 2023.


If you are granted permission to work as a … Then you may work for …
(condition 8105)
a maximum of 48 hours every two weeks during the term, not including work that is a formal registered part of your course, and unlimited hours during recognised periods of vacation.
Member of a student’s family (condition 8104) a maximum of 48 hours every two weeks throughout the year for the duration of your visa.

Volunteer work/unpaid work

If you volunteer or take part in unpaid work, then you still must apply for permission to work. Any volunteer or unpaid work counts towards the limit of 48 hours every two weeks.


Tax File Number

To work in Australia, you need a Tax File Number (TFN). You can get a TFN through the Australian Tax Office website.