Update for Student visa work restrictions

An update for our employees holding a Subclass 500 Student visa: you are eligible to work in addition to studying in an Australian institution, but please note that working restrictions for the student visa are changing from 1 July.

During the pandemic student visa work restrictions were relaxed and then completely removed in January last year. Since then, primary and secondary student visa holders can work over their normal limit of 40 hours per fortnight to address workforce shortages. This arrangement will end on 30 June.

From 1 July, work restrictions for Student visa holders will be re-introduced and capped at the increased rate of 48 hours per fortnight. These updates ensure that student visa holders can focus on obtaining an Australian education and qualification while remaining able to support themselves financially, gain valuable work experience, and contribute to Australia’s workforce needs.

Student visa holders already working in the aged care sector as of 9 May are exempt from the change on 1 July. Instead, they can continue to work unrestricted hours in the aged care sector until 31 December 2023.

Information for students

You must continue to balance your study and work commitments even though there is flexibility in the number of hours you can work.

Students must still:

  • maintain their course enrolment
  • ensure satisfactory course attendance, and
  • ensure satisfactory course progress.

Student visa holders who cancel their enrolment and stop attending classes, or fail to meet satisfactory course progress, may be in breach of their visa conditions.

Information to managers

All managers must be aware of those employees who are currently working on a student visa and ensure the above eligibility to work conditions are met. Please ensure employees holding student visas are scheduled to work in accordance with the visa conditions applicable and that their work hours do not exceed the cap.

Importantly, we remind all managers and employees to follow Australian workplace law. Overseas workers, including international students, have the same rights under Australian workplace law as all other employees. It is expected that any employee with visa conditions is treated in a manner that is consistent with Australian workforce law.

For more information about the student visa work restriction changes, visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.

 

Approved by Chris McLoughlin, Executive Director, People and Culture



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