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The standard of living in Australia is rated amongst the highest in the world. With the tuitions costs and other expenses comparatively lower than the US and Uk, the international students in Australia can also work part-time to support the offset of their living costs.

PART-TIME WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: The Australian student visa allows the overseas students to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during semester. This lets them earn an income to cover the living expenses while still leaving plenty of time for studies. During semester breaks, the students can work for unlimited hours.

PAID WORK - INTERNSHIP - VOLUNTEERING: There are a wide range of industries in Australia that offer part-time job opportunities to the international students, immensely supporting their stay financially.

  • Retail - supermarkets, stores and departments
  • Sales and telemarketing
  • Hospitality - Restaurants, cafes, and bars
  • Tourism - Hotels and stays
  • Agricultural - farming, fruit picking and more
  • Administrative and clerical positions
  • Professional, financial and creative industries - Internships
  • Charities and non-government organisations (NGO) - Volunteering

LIVING COSTS: International students in Australia are required to show the evidence for migration regulations that they can contribute to their studying and afford the cost-of-living during their stay in Australia. This ensures that the international students have an enjoyable stay in the country, making the most of their student life. But, the requirement of ‘living costs’ also ensures that the students don’t have to rely on the part-time work to satisfy their expenses. Under the migration regulations, the prospective students should have access to funds, approximately as mentioned, to meet the living costs.

  • For the main student - A$18,610 per year
  • For the student’s partner - A$6,515 per year
  • For the student’s first child - A$3,720 per year
  • For every other child and where required - A$2,790 per year

AVERAGE LIVING COST IN AUSTRALIAN CITIES: Including food, accommodation and social activities, the living cost varies in Australia.

  • Sydney: Approx. 2,500 AUD/month
  • Adelaide: Approx. 1,700 AUD/month
  • Brisbane: Approx. 1,800 AUD/month
  • Melbourne: Approx. 1,200 AUD/month
  • Canberra: Approx. 1,000 AUD/month

To know more about the work rights and ways to find work, request a free consultation with us!