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Part-time jobs in Australia: Types, Opportunities, Income
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Part-time jobs in Australia: Types, Opportunities, Income

Jun 1, 2021
5 Min

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Earn while you learn

What is a part-time job?

Surviving as a student on your own can be difficult at times, with things which look amazing and the feeling that you can't resist buying them? We all have it from time to time. But then compromising on your rent is not an answer either. So what to do in such situations? Part-time jobs.

Students can work up to 20 hours per week and are often employed for late shifts, weekend employment, or seasonal work. They can stay grounded and build on interpersonal skills by working part-time.

Students can gain valuable experience by working part-time in Melbourne or anywhere in Australia. They get a lot of knowledge from the various people they meet along the journey.

Why do students need a part-time job?

Apart from adding a penny to your pocket, picking up a part-time job also adds to your experience. It helps you build your resume and makes it easier for you to get into better universities for your further studies. If you are studying in Australia on a student loan then working part-time hours will help you clear your loan more speedily. Or you can pick up a part-time job just for leisure or maybe save some money. 

Employment rights in Australia

If you choose to work during your stay in Australia, you will have certain rights. Although your student visa allows you to work for a limited number of hours, your employment rights in Australia are identical to those of other workers.

You can work up to 40 hours each fortnight, allowing you to earn money while still covering your education and living costs.

During semester breaks, you are permitted to work an unlimited number of hours. In addition to the maximum weekly hours of labour, you have entitled to the following NES (National Employment Standards) benefits:

  1. Observed holidays
  2. Annual vacation
  3. Volunteering in the community
  4. Long-term leave of absence
  5. Parental leave and other associated benefits
  6. Personal career leave and compassionate leave
  7. Providing a Fair Work Environment Statement of Facts
  8. Requests for a more flexible work schedule
  9. Termination notice and redundancy pay

Note: It is vital that you are aware of your rights as an employee. You should be compensated fairly for whatever work you undertake. As a result, be wary of companies who ask you to work without pay or who insist on giving you "cash on hand."

You should also examine the job contracts you sign carefully and become familiar with the wages and working conditions in your sector. Visit the website of the Fair Work Ombudsman for additional information.

Furthermore, to make the job search easier, you should register an Australian bank account where all of your earnings will be put. In order to avoid being taxed at a high rate, you must also apply for a TFN (Tax File Number). A TFN declaration form is usually provided by the employer, but you can also download one online.

Types of employment/jobs in Australia

If you are a professional in Australia seeking further education, you can apply for and acquire a position that matches your qualifications. Aside from that, students usually work part-time in the industries listed below.

  1. Positions in retail sales in supermarkets and department stores
  2. Restaurants, cafés, and bars are all places where you can eat and drink.
  3. Rooms in hotels and motels (both in the kitchens and administration and housekeeping)
  4. Agriculture and related industries
  5. Sales and telemarketing
  6. Many businesses have administrative or clerical employees.
  7. As a Tutor – in both private and institutional settings
  8. Alternatively, many students like to work as a food delivery driver as well. In case you want to know more, our friends at Overseas Students Australia have got a complete guide on how to work as Uber Eats delivery person.

On-campus jobs

Students can opt to work on campus, but only the most qualified students are awarded these opportunities. Due to the scarcity of these jobs, competition for them might be strong. Students can work as library assistants, lab assistants, and assistant coaches in gyms and swimming pools, to name a few positions. Students may apply for jobs on campus through their respective departments. 

How to find work in Australia

Before you start looking for part-time jobs that pay well, it's great if you have a CV. Make sure your resume includes everything you need to be considered for the job. It should include information on your interests, talents, education, and previous work experience, as well as why you are a good fit for the position.

It's also crucial that your resume is error-free, so get it checked by someone (ideally an English speaker) before you start looking for part-time work. Several Australian organizations provide career guidance, including formatting and drafting a professional résumé.

Additionally, ensure that you have copies of crucial documents such as educational certificates on hand, as Australian employers may require them.

While applying to Australian universities, international students can look for part-time or full-time work in the following fields:

  1. Checking with friends or coworkers
  2. Websites for job advertisements on the internet
  3. Websites dedicated to universities or colleges, as well as employment boards
  4. Recruitment firms that specialize in specific fields
  5. The alumni associations of the university
  6. Students with prior experience in fields such as writing, design, and so on may be able to find freelance work on the internet.

Several Australian charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of duties. Students from all across the world are encouraged to apply for a variety of volunteer ships.

Where can you find work in Australia?

Australia has one of the highest minimum incomes in the world and one of the lowest unemployment rates, making it very easy for students to work and earn money. The Australian minimum wage is $17.70 per hour. You can work for 20 hours per week as a student while studying. The minimum pay is 17.70 dollars per hour, however with any great talents, you can easily earn 30-40 dollars per hour. There are no restrictions on the number of hours you can work during your vacations. So, during the school year, kids can make around 680 dollars per week, and during the summer, students can earn over 1400 dollars per week.

Job profile Minimum wage
 Private tutor 20-40$
 Cashier 21-25$
 Delivery boy  8-12$ per delivery 
 Waiter/waitress 21-25$
 Admin officer 25-30$ 
 Bartender 22-25$ 
 Customer executive 25-30$ 

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Working part-time while completing your education is just as fun as it gets. It not only adds another penny to your pocket but also builds your CV and gets you hands-on experience and helps you make connections at the same time. Be aware of where you work and make sure you don’t get underpaid. We have here everything you need to know when thinking about working part-time in Australia.