Working in Australia
Whether you're a local or international student seeking employment, it's essential that you're aware of your rights, entitlements and obligations while engaged in work and that you comply with all Government taxation criteria as an employee.
For more information, see work while studying.
Before you apply for work
If you intend to work while in Australia, first you'll need to:
- find out what you need to work in Australia
- get a Tax File Number (TFN)
- work out your residency status for tax purposes.
Check that you can work in Australia with the Department of Home Affairs:
- work conditions for student visa holders
- changes to skilled migration program
- international tax for individuals.
Check whether your existing qualifications and skills meet Australian standards:
- Australian Government: Qualifications and skills recognition
- Victorian Government: Help for skilled migrants
- Vetassess: Skills assessment for migration.
Know your rights
Workers in Australia have the right to minimum standards set for working hours, safety, pay rates and more. It's important to understand your rights and responsibilities as a worker.
Get work experience
Many employers want to hire people with previous work experience, as this demonstrates a range of skills.
Learn more about how to find and get work experience.
Learn about different job hunting methods.
Job-search databases and sites
Journals and newspapers
Check the classified section of newspapers and journals:
- The Age
- Herald Sun
- The Australian
- Leader community newspapers.
Some companies with graduate positions may advertise structured, professional development programs designed to broaden your industry experience and advance you to the senior levels of the organisation.
To learn more about graduate programs, see:
Remote or rural employment
- Top tips to expand your job prospects (International Education Association of Australia)
- Career Gateway – for events relating to working in Australia