As an international student, there are some do’s and don’ts that you might not know as you’re new and unsure of everything. So here are some rules that one should know that can make your work environment much better, but before that make sure that to check your visa to ensure if you could or from when you could start working because the employers will check in your visa to see if whether you have permission to work or not. It is always better to know about international student workplace rules in Australia for having happy working environment while staying in Australia.

International student workplace rules

International student workplace rules

International student working during the term

If you have a Student Visa, you may be able to work part-time (up to 40 hours per fortnight).  To be able to work 40 hours per fortnight, one must be able to meet certain requirements. You must take and English proficiency test that satisfies conditions approved by the workplace. Sometimes in some exceptional case, an international student might be able to work for more than 40 hours per fortnight this the nominated course the student has taken requires a student to have to work for the certain amount that is more than 40hours per fortnight.

International student working during the break

During scheduled breaks, students may be allowed to work full time. In a case of vacation, an international student will be authorised to work full-time if their course meets a condition. The course should at least be one academic year or more, and it should be worth of 120 credits, but if not then you might only be able to work full time on Christmas or New year. But then the students will have to return to the restriction of working only 40 hours per fortnight once the course resumes.

International student visa restrictions

As an international student, there are few types of restriction of what kind of job you are not allowed to do. The first things are that as an international student one must work under a person, i.e. work as an employer. An international students are not allowed to open their own business or be self-employed. Also, an International student is not authorised to work in commercial sexual services.

Minimum rights of an International Student

Many international students are unknown of their rights. These are basic work rights for all the employees.

  • All international students have maximum 20hours to work weekly.
  • The schedule and arrangements for international students are flexible, so the students are allowed to request for it.
  • Students are allowed leaves and day off, some of the basic allowed leaves are
  1. Annual Leave
  2. Parental Leave
  • Personal leave
  1. Community service or long service leave
  2. Public holiday leave

The other rights except for leave is that the employer should send the notice before hand in case of termination or redundancy and the students should receive the payment. Also the students are allowed to receive their income in cash without any problem and no employer are allowed to deduct wages unless it’s beneficial for the employee.

Knowing the international student workplace rules in Australia will help the students to stay out of trouble while unintentionally breaking the rules as they were unaware of things they shouldn’t be doing and also for those students who were having a hard time as they were unaware of their rights. There are some employers who say to deduct wage if not present for work or may not allow leaves on public holidays or all the leaves above. Also, many students may also not know that they can request for flexible schedule and arrangements. I hope this helps all of the International students working in foreign countries.