- What do I need to know about working while I study?
- Do Australian graduate employers recruit international students?
- How can I improve my employment prospects in Australia?
- Where can I find graduate programs and other graduate jobs in my home country?
You can work up to 20 hours per week during semester and unlimited hours during university holidays. Visit the DIAC website to view the full details.
If you were granted a Student visa on or after 26 April 2008 Permission to Work is automatically included with your visa.
Generally graduate employers only recruit applicants with Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency (PR). However, depending on labour market need, employers may elect to recruit students without PR. Early each year visit the websites of graduate employers to check on their graduate employment terms.
Graduate employers who have hired international students from specific disciplines without PR in the past include: KPMG, Deloitte and Ernst & Young.
It is still a good idea to approach graduate recruiters to apply for part time or temporary work in order to gain experience. Also, if you're not sure if PR or citizenship is required then contact the employer directly to enquire.
Number 1 on the list of what employers want is communication skills. To improve your chances of employment focus on developing strong English language skills. Refer to our Advice to International Students handout for a list of suggested ways to do this.
Take time and care when writing your resume to ensure you demonstrate solid written communication skills. Spelling and grammar errors on your resume could disqualify you immediately.
There are a range of organisations that recruit international student graduates for graduate programs and other graduate roles in their home country. To find out more about these opportunities visit our Overseas Jobs page.