Work in Australia

Many people enjoy working and living in Australia. With a strong economy, low unemployment and a laid-back lifestyle, Australia is fast becoming a land of opportunity for many.

Most student visas allow you to work 40 hours per fortnight while studying and unlimited work during specific course breaks. Whether you are a student or an immigrant, you need to check in advance whether your visa allows you to work. You can contact the Department of Home Affairs or contact us anytime. It is easier to understand your rights by speaking with one of our advisors.

Finding a job in Australia

The job market in Australia is highly competitive and your chances of getting a job depend on several factors including skills, qualifications, field of work and city choice. Australian work experience is invaluable, so don’t worry if you can’t find work in your chosen field. Your first priority should be to gain experience to increase your employability.

There are many ways to find a job that matches your goals, including:

  • online job site
  • social media
  • Recruitment company

Notice boards on campus, malls, community centers and local supermarkets

Apply for a job

A job application usually includes a cover letter expressing your interest and abilities in the position along with your resume. Your application needs to demonstrate that you have the relevant skills and qualifications, and a full understanding of the nature of the position and the employer’s expectations for the position. A resume must be tailored to each job in order to give you the best chance of interviewing.

Once you have secured a position, you will need to provide your new employer with your bank account details, tax file number and superannuation details.

Your work rights

Everyone working in Australia, including international students or those on a working holiday visa, has a fundamental right to work.

  • Protected working conditions include:
  • Minimum wage and pensions.
  • The challenge of unfair dismissal.
  • Vacation, rest and rest time.
  • A healthy and safe working environment.

If you are a temporary resident and eligible, your employer must pay superannuation for you. Visit the Australian Government’s Fair Work Ombudsman’s website to learn about your work rights.


Australia’s superannuation system enables Australians to build up funds that provide them with retirement income. When you work, your employer pays you a fixed percentage into a dedicated account. Pensions are only available after reaching the statutory retirement age. For more information on superannuation visit the Australian Tax Office.