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Work Opportunities and Restrictions on a Student Visa

Working on a Student Visa

If you are on a student visa, you are usually limited to working up to 48 hours per fortnight when your course is in session, and unrestricted hours when your program is not in session. Work that is required of your course, such as compulsory work placement, is not limited to the 48 hours per fortnight.

When is my course 'not in session'?

Your course is considered 'not in session':

  • During scheduled course breaks between study sessions, semesters, terms or quarters;
  • If your course has been deferred or suspended in line with Standard 9 of the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students;
  • If you have completed your course as scheduled (as per the dates listed on your CoE) and still hold a valid visa;
  • If your enrolment has been cancelled due to the default of your education provider until you secure alternative enrolment and commence the course.

For more information:

Please visit Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Charter Australia focuses on providing training that leads to employment. Our students learn practical skills and knowledge which are highly valued in the Australian workplace.