Student Visa Restrictions Are Back!

Work restrictions for students on visas come back into force on 30 June 2023.

The Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) temporarily relaxed work hour restrictions for students on visas during COVID. This move, which aimed to address workforce shortages, enabled individuals on a student visa to work full time hours.

From 30 June 2023, individuals on a student visa will only be able to work 40 hours per fortnight (unless otherwise stated on their visa grant).

Of course until that date, all current students as well as new student arrivals and secondary applicants are free to continue working more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy, and to work before their​ course of study commences.

As you’d expect, overseas workers, including international students, have the same rights under Australian workplace law as all other employees. However, to maintain their visa, they are expected to balance their study and work commitments.

To avoid breaching their visa conditions, students must:

  • Maintain their course enrolment
  • Ensure satisfactory course attendance, and
  • Ensure satisfactory course progress.

Need to know more?

The Department of Home Affairs sets out its requirements for students on working visas in Australia here.  

Alternatively, contact the Ayers Group. Our team remains abreast of constantly evolving legislation so that you don’t have to, and our experts are here to assist you with all your working visa enquiries. We make complex legislation simple to understand and help you maintain compliance.