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2018.2 Working on a Student Visa


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Contact Us
Working on a Student Visa
Semester 2, 2018

CRICOS Code 00025B
- Visa conditions and work rights

- Tax file numbers and Superannuation

- Finding work

- Work requirements

- Pay rates

- Volunteering
Today's Content ...
Working while studying for your degree at UQ
NOT about:
General Skilled Migration / PR applications
Working after graduationt
Factors to consider:
Time management
Work-life-study balance
Part-time / casual
Employer flexibility
Work rights

works, on average, less than 38 hours per week
usually works regular hours each week
is entitled to the same benefits as a full-time employee
is a permanent employee or on a fixed-term contract
get the same minimum entitlements (such as sick leave and holiday leave) as a full-time employee, based on how many hours they work each week

has no guaranteed hours of work
usually works irregular hours (but can work regular hours)
no paid sick or annual leave
can end employment without notice, unless notice is required by an agreement
receive a higher hourly pay rate than equivalent full-time or part-time employees
Part-time employees:
Casual employees:
Finding the right balance
Consider the time needed for:
Lectures, tutorials, seminars, readings
Assignments - individual and group
Revision for exams
Social life
Visa Conditions
Work Rights

Student Visas
Visas granted after 2008 have ‘Permission to Work’ automatically included
Visa Conditions: Working Hours
Permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session, and unlimited hours when your course is not in session.

'In session' period includes:
mid semester break
exam period
while your Confirmation of Enrollment is still valid after you completed studies

Work that is a formal registered part of your course is NOT included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight

Masters by Research or Doctorate Students

Unlimited work hours once you have commenced your Masters research / Doctoral degree.

Working Hours
Coursework students
You cannot undertake work until you have commenced your program in Australia.
Visa Conditions: Working Hours
Summer semester
If you choose to do summer courses, you may work unlimited hours.
Tax File Number (TFN)
is required if:
You plan to work, or
Your money is in an Australian financial institution which will earn interest
Taxation Rates
‘Resident for tax purposes’
is a Tax Office term only. It is NOT the same as ‘Resident’ for immigration purposes.

Generally you are a
Resident for Tax Purposes
You enrolled in a course that is more than 6 months

What this means:
Entitled to tax free threshold ($18,200 per Financial Year - 1 July to 30 June)

Entitled to claim a tax refund if tax paid

You are a
non-resident for tax purposes
You are here for one semester (less than 6 months)

What this means:
Can apply for a Tax File Number
All earnings (under $80k) taxed at 32.5c per dollar
No refund of tax paid
Not eligible for Tax –Free threshold

Tax Assessments:
Each employer gives you Payment Summary outlining your salary/tax close to end of the financial year

MyTax electronic submission
Submit paper or online to ATO – 1 July to 31 October

Early assessment is possible if going home before tax assessment period
More information in Graduation & Beyond session in your final semester.

Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good & without financial gain.

Volunteer work does not count towards 40 hour fortnight limit if it:

is of benefit to the community;
is for a non-profit organisation;


Discuss your intention to work while studying with your Supervisor and Advisory team.
You must maintain full-time enrollment in your studies and progress to the satisfaction of the Dean, UQ Graduate School.  This includes meeting milestones within the required timeframes.

Superannuation, or 'super', is money put aside by your employer over your working life for you to live on when you retire from work.

What is superannuation?
How does it work?
If you work for a company or organisation and are paid $450 or more (before tax) in a calendar month, your employer must pay money into a super account in your name, which is then managed by a super fund.

The formula used is currently 9.5% of your income.
You can claim back any ‘super’ you have paid, as long as you have permanently departed Australia.

Workplace Rights for Student Visa Holders
workers in Australia have rights and protections at work.

Your rights and protections include workplace health and safety matters.
UQ Student Union
Student Help on Campus (SHOC)
UQ Careers Service
Offers workshops and online resources
Online employment service - Student Hub
Job search: Where, When & How?
Job search Strategies for International Students
How to Write a Successful Resume and Cover Letter
Interview Excellence: The Steps to Interview Success
Finding work

Word of mouth
Ask at local shops / businesses / shopping centres
Online application for large organisations
Employment agencies
seek.com.au / careerone.com.au / jobsearch.gov.au/harvest
Be wary of scams!
Warning signs to look out for:
Too good to be true

- if you start to feel that things are not right, trust your instincts.
Student Advisors
Individual appointments
Student Services
3365 1704
Building 21D - opposite Boost Juice
Work rights and pay rates
Pay rates depend on many factors.

You can calculate minimum pay rates, penalties and allowances specific to the industry (retail, hospitality, and so on) using the Fair Work Ombudsman 'Pay Calculator'.
Work Requirements
Blue Card
is needed by anyone doing paid or voluntary work with children under 18 yrs of age.

Apply to Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. Employers will often pay the application fee.
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
If you want to work in a job serving or selling alcohol within Australia, you need to complete
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
Responsible Service of Gambling (RSG)
Required if you want to work in bars, pubs and other gambling related establishments.

*RSA and RSG can be completed online for approx. $25
Pay rates
- 15 hours work
- 25 hours work
- 25 hours work
- 10 hours work

How is 40 hours a fortnight calculated?
- Student work entitlements are measured as 40 hours a fortnight instead of 20 hours a week

Fortnight = any 14 days commencing on any Monday and ending on the second Sunday
Can your work hours be averaged out over two weeks?
Why volunteer?

Meet new people and make new friends
Gain new skills, knowledge and experience
Get to know the local community
Enhance existing skills and knowledge; gain confidence
Make a difference in the community and to the lives of others
Enhance your CV/resume
Create valuable networks; referee for employment
Find volunteering opportunities:
UQ Volunteering

Seek Volunteer


Volunteering Queensland
The information provided in this presentation is correct at the time of publication and is subject to change without notice. The University of Queensland does not guarantee, and accepts no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency, timeliness or completeness of the material.

For more information....
Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
To lodge a tax return, create a myGov account
The Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT)
provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.

Fair Work Ombudsman
can give you further information and advice about your workplace rights and obligations
Only one TFN will ever be issued to you.
Keep it safe!

Where to apply :
Apply online www.ato.gov.au
Have passport and Student ID available
TFN posted to your residential address takes 2-4 weeks
It is

Offers without interviews
- always remember that reputable companies are not going to offer you a role without interviewing your first.
job requirements and job description.
Any job offer that requires that you
pay a fee in advance.
Emails from a
non-business address
Emails, letter, phone call or in person offering you a '
income or job'.
Requests for
personal information
(bank details, visa information, address, and so on) without any formal recruitment processes.
Google search - no website, no physical address, no contact number.
They contact you outside of normal
business hours
Rules are set by the Department of Home Affairs (Immigration)
Your visa information is held electronically and can be accessed any time using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system

Employers, banks and government services can also check details of your visa entitlements on VEVO once they have your consent to do so

if your program includes a COMPULSORY summer semester, the 40 hour per fortnight rule will apply.

Uber, Foodora, Airtasker, Deliveroo and others can be a great way to earn some flexible, casual cash.

However, there is less regulation in place, so you need to be mindful of your safety, and ensure that you are following the correct taxation processes.

If you are delivering food or driving please ensure that you:
have the correct licence and equipment (including a helmet and other protective gear for bikes and scooters)
understand and follow the road rules at all times
have adequate insurance coverage
Working in the 'share/gig economy'
Things to keep in mind:
• The same work limits apply under your visa, so ensure you keep accurate records of all hours worked
To get a TFN is FREE
• Ensure that you understand your taxation responsibilities. Check with the ATO for more advice

• Stay safe – don’t share your personal information without reas ensure that someone knows where you are, and report any concerns to the appropriate authorities

Fast Food Industry

(Food and beverage attendant, kitchen attendant, cook, guest service, etc.)
General Retail Industry
Hospitality Industry
Fair Work Ombudsman: Warning signs in the workplace so you know what to look out for.
Spouse can work maximum of 40 hours per fortnight once student has commenced study.

Spouse can work unlimited hours primary student visa holder has started their course:

Student dependent visa holders
- master's by research
- doctorate degree
Pay rates
Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good & without financial gain.

Volunteer work does not count towards 40 hour fortnight limit if it:

is of benefit to the community;
is for a non-profit organisation;

When you start a new job, you might get told or asked to do things that don’t seem quite right.
Fair Work Ombudsman: Workplace Myths Busted
Weeks one and two above (40 hours worked in that 14 day period) and weeks three and four above (35 hours worked in that 14 day period), the work condition is not breached.

However, the student visa holder has breached their work condition in the fortnight comprising weeks two and three above (50 hours worked in that 14 day period). Students found to have breached their work conditions might be subject to cancellation of their visa.
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