International students are often able to find their first job just a few weeks after arrival. Although, Australia offers strong economy and good job opportunities, the best jobs and salaries require a good English level.

If you were granted Student Visa, its duration depends on the course: the period of the whole course plus one month or two months after. Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted amount of hours during any course break.

The best way to find jobs is to be proactive, use the local and international job seeking portals and build your contact network. With a very open and friendly attitude most people will be very helpful in helping you and supporting your job opportunities in Australia. Probably, the best advice is to apply in person and meet the employer, especially with hospitality jobs.

A list of employment rates per hour in Australia:

  • Waiter – $15 – $30 (plus tips)
  • Cleaner – $15 – $25
  • Kitchen Hand – $10 – $15
  • Aged Care/Child Care assistant – $15 – $25
  • Cook – $15 – $25
  • Personal trainer – $30 – $50
  • Lifeguard – $15 – $40
  • Painter/Construction – $15 – $35

In order to start working you will need a bank account, a TFN (tax file number) and your resume in English. It is very important to be aware that most employers will look into your experience more than into your certificates from overseas. As soon as your classes start you can start to work in Australia.

The minimum wage in Australia is $640.90 a week, or $16.87 an hour.



Bricklayers/blocklayers required Full-time
Available on going positions for qualified bricklayers/blocklayers. Must have own tools, red/white card and ABN. Pays made weekly
Cafe All Rounder Full-time
An experienced sandwich hand with barista skill isrequired for our St. Kilda Rd cafe.
Housekeeper Full-Time
A unique & exciting opportunity arises for a meticulous, detail oriented Housekeeper who has worked in large, upscale homes on a long term basis.


Cafe Wait Staff Wanted Casual
A Cafe in Darlinghurst is seeking a Wait Staff to join our team.
Floor Staff Needed Casual
Steersons is the premier steakhouse in Sydney! We are currently looking for experienced and dedicated Wait Staff, Bar Staff and Food Runners to join our fabulous team.
kitchen hand Part-time
Small Cafe shop in Sydney CBD is currently hiring part time Kitchen Hands.
Formworkers & Assistant Formworkers Full-time
Form Me Up Pty Ltd are looking for good, reliable & honest formworkers/carpenters.Must have a minimum 3 years experience, who have their own tools…
Demolition Casual
Looking for demolition labourers Must have experience using jack hammers and working at heights
Sales & Administration Assistant Full-time
Established gourmet food company in St Peters is looking for an experienced person to join our team as a Sales and Administration Assistant. If you are ready for a challenging, diverse and fulfilling career in the food industry we’d love to hear from you.


Enthusiastic Junior Cafe Assistant required for Brisbane CBD Cafe.
Beauty Therapist Full-time
Positions available in Indooroopilly, Carindale, Garden City North Lakes
Roofing employment Full-time
Roofers and labourers


Open Conexus is no the contractor for the advertised job opportunities on this page, therefore it has no responsibilities for the terms and conditions on any particular offer posted here. All the links lead to an external website and they are only informative for our student community




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