Work while studying

Casual and part-time work

Casual or part-time work is a great way to support yourself while studying. It's also a way to gain real-world work experience that looks great on your resume.

Employers look favourably on students who can balance study and work commitments because it shows good time-management skills and a willingness to work. Work experience improves your chances of finding employment when you graduate, helping you develop the skills employers are looking for (e.g. communication skills, teamwork, organisational skills and problem-solving).

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Balancing work and study

As a guide, you should avoid working more than 15 hours per week during semester if you're a full time student, otherwise it might affect your studies.

Types of work

Typical student jobs include retail, hospitality and customer service roles. These provide good opportunities to develop important employability skills.

Restrictions on work or hours

If you're an international student, check your visa conditions with the Department of Home Affairs to see how many hours you can work during semester and semester breaks.

If you're receiving benefits such as Austudy or Abstudy, check the rules for your particular payment with Centrelink, as what you earn could affect these payments.

Know your rights

There are laws outlining what conditions and pay employees are entitled to. For more information and quick links, see workplace rights. Full details are on the Fair Work website.

Difference between casual and part-time work

Part-time employees work regular hours each week and receive the same benefits (relative to hours worked) as full-time employees. This includes annual leave and sick leave.

Casual employees are less likely to have regular work and do not receive guaranteed hours, sick or annual leave. Rates of pay are usually higher to make up for this. The terms on-call and temporary staff often refer to casual work. If you have queries about the type of work you've been offered, you can contact Job Watch (communications are confidential).

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