How to find a part time job in Australia?

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If you are coming to Australia as a student and looking for part time jobs to cover your expenses in Australia you can start searching in career websites like indeed, seek etc even before you move into Australia. If you have any specific industry or company in mind you can keep a watch of the career section of such organisations and apply as and when a vacancy of your choice arises.

Once you are in Australia and if you are open to other jobs you can even walk up to your nearest shopping centre and see if any part-time employment opportunities are available in such stores; if not, you can leave your resume with them for future openings.

A large chunk of students works in the retail sector which includes supermarkets, department stores & boutiques, some work in the hospitality industry like cafes, bars, restaurants & delivery. Students interested in the service industry can look for child care, aged care and cleaning or if you are good at administration or clerical work you can look for such jobs. If you have the skills for tutoring, you may find that as a good employment opportunity. Students also get into seasonal work like farming and fruit-picking. There are also charities and non-government organisations which offer volunteer work for students.

Things to know

Along with your study you can work up to a total of 40 hours fortnightly. If you are on semester or holiday breaks you can work for unlimited hours.

It's important to know the rules for your visa. Before you jump into accepting any work, read through National Employment Standards (NES) and check the following:

  • The nature of your employment and the pay rate.
  • Number of hours you need to work.
  • Your job duties.
  • Whether there’s an award or registered agreement that covers your job.

You will enjoy all protection at work like any other employees in Australia. Australia have a governing body called the Fair Work Ombudsman and their purpose is to promote harmonious, productive, cooperative and compliant workplace relations in Australia. So, if you think you are in anyway discriminated or have doubts about overtime or pay or about your working conditions you can visit:

Australian working rules guarantee at least a minimum rate of pay per hour no matter what job you are involved in.