Unlimited work hours for international students in Australia

Staff shortages in many industries have led to a decision by the federal government to remove 40 hours per fortnight work limits


Here is what we know so far:

  • 40 hours per fortnight work limits will be removed temporarily for international student visa holders working in any industry
  • It is estimated that around 400,000 international students will benefit from the uplifting of these restrictions.
  • This decision is taken in light of staff shortages due to rising cases of Omicron variant around Australia.
  • Last May, the work limitations were removed for students working in the travel and hospitality industries.
  • Usually, students have to abide by 40 hours per fortnight work limit while study in session.
  • Students can even start working before their study commences.
  • This is a temporary change and will be reviewed by government in April 2022


For more details, check https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500/temporary-relaxation-of-working-hours-for-student-visa-holders