Work Restrictions for Student Visa Holders
Student visa work restrictions were relaxed throughout the pandemic, and completely removed in January 2022, to allow primary and secondary student visa holders to work over their normal limit of 40 hours per fortnight, in order to address workforce shortages. From 1 July 2023 , work restrictions for student visa holders will be re-introduced and capped at the increased rate of 48 hours per fortnight . This ensures that student visa holders can focus on obtaining a quality education, while remaining able to support themselves financially, and contribute to Australia’s workforce needs. What does this mean for employers: If you employ international students, it is important to stay abreast of their visa status and conditions, noting that the Department of Home Affairs can impose infringement notices against organisations that engage a worker in breach of their visa conditions. You can ask employees on a Student Visa to send you their details from VEVO, check the work rights yourself using VEVO , or request your HR Partner to do this for you. Ensure that from 1 July 2023 employees on a Student Visa do not work more than 48 hours per fortnight. Employers must continue to follow Australian workplace law. Overseas workers, including international students, have the same rights under Australian workplace law as all other employees. For more information visit: Check visa details and conditions (homeaffairs.gov.au) Immigration and citizenship (homeaffairs.gov.au) Hiring someone in Australia (homeaffairs.gov.au) How can we help? As specialists in human resource management and industrial relations, Essential HR assists Australian businesses navigate their way through the complexities around employing people. We deliver HR Partnering Services via an outsourced model. With a powerful combination of technology (Employment Hero) and HR/IR expertise, we deliver efficiencies, compliance, pragmatic advice, and solutions for small-medium business. To learn more how we can assist your workplace stay up-to-date and compliant by visiting our website at: www.esshr.com.au . This information is of general guidance only and is not legal advice. Readers are encouraged to consider this information in their own context and with independent advice.