Work and your visa

If you are on a student visa you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight in a trimester when your course is in session. This includes work experience related to your degree, unless it is a mandatory component of that degree.

During trimester breaks and holidays, you can work as much as you want. Trimester 3 is not compulsory for most courses, so if you are not enrolled in any units, you can work unlimited hours then too.

If Trimester 3 is compulsory for your course, you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during the trimester.

Learn more about student visa conditions on the Department of Home Affairs website

Finding work

Deakin's online jobs database is a good place to start to help you find work. Our online careers tools and resources will help increase your chances of finding part-time work while studying.

Visit our online jobs database

Your rights at work

Everyone who works in Australia, including international students, is protected by a set of workers’ rights. For example, it is illegal for a potential employer to ask you to work for free as a trial. Other rights include getting formal pay slips, working in safe conditions, and being comfortable at your workplace.

If you have concerns about your working conditions while in Australia, the Deakin Student Legal Service can provide you with advice and support.

Find out more about your rights at work

Learn about minimum wages in Australia

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Work experience

Gaining professional work experience while you study can help you prepare for your future career. Deakin’s approach to learning puts an emphasis on practical experience – many of our degrees include internships or work placements as a requirement or elective unit.

Our award-winning careers service, DeakinTALENT, can also help you access employment support and opportunities. The Deakin International Student Careers program (DISC) can help prepare you for the Australian job market, increase your employability and help you reach your professional goals. DeakinTALENT also offers a range of other services, including workshops, coaching and the FreelancingHUB internship program.

DeakinTALENT won the Excellence in International Student Employability and Career Development category of the 2020 Victorian International Education Awards (VIEA), and has been voted the most popular careers service in Australia by the graduate recruitment industry for several years.

Learn how DeakinTALENT can help you reach your career goals

Working after you finish your degree

Once you finish your studies at Deakin, you might be able to stay in Australia and work with a post-study work visa. This can be a great opportunity to begin your career in the Australian job market. A post-study work visa typically allows you to stay and work for 2-4 years depending on your qualification and where you have studied.

You can apply for this visa if you have studied for a minimum of two years and completed an eligible qualification from an Australian educational institution.

Eligible qualifications are:

  • a bachelor degree
  • a bachelor degree with honours
  • a masters by coursework degree
  • a masters (extended) degree
  • a masters by research degree
  • a doctoral degree.

Find out more about post-study work visas