Perth has experienced an economic boom and is in the midst of a cultural rebirth with new infrastructure projects across the city that will benefit our lifestyle, transport and health services. Perth’s recent growth has also brought experts from all over the globe to our city, and our teachers and industry professionals are among the world’s best.

From casual weekend work while you study to a full-time career after graduation, Perth has the right employment choice for you.

Working while you study

Working in Perth while you study is not only a great way to earn some extra money. It will give you the chance to be part of our community and experience our way of life, and it’s also a fantastic way to work on your English if you’re not a native speaker.

How many hours can I work?

If you are on a student visa (a full-time international student), you will have the opportunity to work part-time for up to 40 hours per fortnight (2-week period), and unlimited hours during semester break.

Your work Rights

As an International Student taking up part time work while you are studying, you have the same work rights as any Australian citizen to a safe and fair workplace.

The Fairwork Ombusdman is a department of the Australian Government who can help you understand your rights as an employee in regards to your wage, work breaks, leave and ending employment, as well as providing information about your employer’s responsibilities under Australian workplace laws. They also offer services to work with you to resolve any workplace issues which may arise.

If you feel you are being treated unfairly or that something is not right at your workplace, do not hesitate to contact Fairwork Ombusdman. The services they provide are free to all workers in Australia.

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What sort of work is available?

It would of course be ideal to find a job that specifically relates to your field of study, but this may not always be possible due to visa restrictions, skill qualifications or language requirements. Perth offers a wide variety of jobs and we encourage you to approach employment and study here in the same way – as opportunities that will reward your work with exciting new experiences and valuable skills.

Casual jobs and part-time jobs in Perth

There are casual jobs available throughout Perth in the areas of administration, hospitality, retail, house-keeping/cleaning and aged-care. You can expect to earn between $8-28 per hour, depending on your age, the kind of work you do and the days you work. You can often earn higher wages (called “penalty rates”) if you work outside of ‘regular’ working hours, for example on weekends and public holidays.


You can also tutor younger students in the field you are studying, or in your native language, and earn around $40 an hour.

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