Part-time work is a great way to earn some money as well as gain experience and make new friends.
There is plenty of part-time work available in Sydney and surrounding regions. Once you have started your course, you can work on a part-time basis during academic terms. International students receive permission to work with their student visa. Once you have started your course, you can work up to 20 hours per week while your course is in session. You can work unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks and during vacations.
You must pay tax on your earnings at the same rate as other residents. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website has information for international students who are working while studying.
Your workplace rights
The Fair Work Ombudsman is an independent government agency. It provides free education and information about people's basic rights and protections in the workplace, including minimum pay and conditions. It also helps to resolve workplace issues, conduct investigations, and enforce relevant Commonwealth workplace laws.
For more information about your workplace rights, download the international students fact sheet visit the Fair Work Ombudsman's website or call them on 13 13 94. Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) is also available, please call 13 14 50 and ask for the Fair Work Ombudsman. You can also follow the Fair Work Ombudsman on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
New in-language web content
There are now published 77 pages of new translated website content. Our customers can now access information in 30 languages, including content covering payment for work, holidays and taking time off, parental leave and ending employment.
The new content also includes in-language video resources in 16 languages.
If you would like to access the translated materials, you can visit the FWO's website at www.fairwork.gov.au/language-help
Post-study work rights
The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) provides recent graduates with the opportunity to live, study and work in Australia temporarily following their studies to gain practical work experience to accompany their Australian qualification(s).
If you graduate with a Bachelor, Master or Doctoral Degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of your field of study, you will be eligible to apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa – Post-Study Work stream. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to four years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant's qualification.
For more information about post-study work rights:
- Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website
- Migration blog: New post-study work arrangements and international students
There are a number of ways to find part-time work such as:
- Checking the job advertisements in local newspapers
- Talking to friends
- Checking the job advertisements on websites such as:
- Talking to friends
- The job placement office at your TAFE NSW campus
For more information on employment in Australia:
Unpaid volunteer work can help you gain experience, improve language skills and meet new people.
Interested in volunteering? Then visit www.volunteering.com.au
Tax file number (TFN)
If you are planning to work in Australia, it is highly recommended that you apply for a tax file number (TFN). A tax file number is an identity number issued to you by the Australian Tax Office (ATO).
Do I need a TFN?
- It is not compulsory to have a TFN. However, if you don't have one, you may pay more tax than necessary on your income from your job or on the interest on savings in your bank account.
- When you earn money from a part-time job you must pay Australian taxes. At the end of each financial year (30 June), you may claim back the income tax from the ATO and get a tax refund.
- Your employer and your bank (if you open a bank account) will ask you for your tax file number.
When should I apply for a TFN?
- Before you start part-time work
- You can only apply for a TFN when you arrive in Australia
Ask your International Students Coordinator at your school or college to help you apply.
Do you need help?
New South Wales
NSW lies on the east coast of Australia.
Sydney is the state's capital and the largest
city in Australia.
To find a campus go to TAFE NSW Institute locations.
Guides on living, studying and working in:
The Australian Government wants international students to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding study experience in Australia.
Read more about the ESOS Framework.
TAFE NSW International has a worldwide network of representative agents who can help you complete and submit your application to study.
These representatives must provide you with accurate and up-to date information and advice regarding programs, courses, application procedures, living and studying in Australia. They can also assist with your visa application. If you wish to apply through an agent it is recommended that you use an agent on this list. If you choose to use another agent who is not published on this list, then TAFE NSW International is not responsible for the accuracy of the advice provided to you.
TAFE NSW English Language Centre agents
TAFE NSW English Language Centres also engage agent representatives and details of these agents can be found on the English Language pages for each of the listed Institutes. These agents may recruit students for intensive English language courses but not for any other courses at TAFE NSW.
- Blacktown (Western Sydney Institute)
- Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) (North Coast Institute)
- Kingscliff (North Coast Institute)
- Liverpool (South Western Sydney Institute)
- Meadowbank (Northern Sydney Institute)
- Newcastle (Hunter Institute)
- Parramatta (Western Sydney Institute)
- Ultimo (Sydney Institute)
- Wollongong (Illawarra Institute)
If you have any concerns with regard to the service provided by our agent representatives, please contact us.