Working while studying
Working while studying can be helpful in many ways. You can earn extra money to help with living and travel costs as well as meet new people, network and be part of the community.
How many hours can you work?
On a student visa (Subclass 500), you can usually work up to 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session and unlimited hours during the study break. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs guidelines for more information on working rights and restrictions in Australia.
Part time or casual employment
You can look for part time or casual employment, such as in retail, hospitality, tourism, agriculture or other industries. You can learn valuable transferable skills through casual or part time employment.
A few useful links to look for part time employment:
A way to make friends and connect
This is also an opportunity to connect with local people and develop your communication skills. You can make new friends and learn about their culture at your workplace. It will help you to settle quickly when you get into a professional role after your graduation.
Securing an internship position can lead you to full-time employment after your graduation. Many organisations and State Government agencies in Tasmania offer internship programs for students. You are eligible to apply for those opportunities as an international student.
Other organisations including KPMG, Deloitte, Nyrstar, TasNetworks, City of Hobart, MyState Bank and Charted Accountants offer vacation program along with internship opportunities.
What you can learn
You can learn about various practical aspects of your study during an internship or vacation program. Most internship opportunities are available during semester break as students can generally work full time during the break. Some internships are also available during the semester.
Where to find internships?
You can look for internship opportunities at the career or employment sections of an organisation’s website. The following websites may also be handy while looking for internship or vacation programs:
Tasmania has a strong culture of volunteering in the local community. It is a great way to develop your soft skills and gain practical experience.
Skills you can learn
You can learn new skills, gain valuable work experience, develop social networks and improve your own mental health and self-worth through volunteering. Volunteering can also lead you to an employment opportunity after your graduation.
The following websites can help you find volunteering opportunities in Tasmania:
Study Tasmania resources
Study Tasmania Work Ready Workshops – you can attend the Study Tasmania job ready workshops. We offer employment workshops, industry insights and information to help you with life and employability in Tasmania. You will find these workshops on our events and resource pages.
Study Tasmania Hospitality Training
Launching in November 2021, the hospitality training is a chance to explore and develop Australian hospitality skills. Study Tasmania, through TasTAFE Drysdale, is providing free basic food and beverage making and handling courses. For more information and upcoming dates visit our events and resources page.
Things you should know about working in Tasmania
You should also know the following information before your start working in Tasmania: