Student Visa Work restrictions from July 2023.

Student Visa Work restrictions from July 2023.

Work restrictions for international students will be re-introduced from 1 July 2023.

Instead of student visa holders hours being capped at the previous limit of 40 hours per fortnight, this limit will be increased to a cap of 48 hours per fortnight from 1 July 2023.

This revised cap will help international students to support themselves through their studies, while maintaining study as the primary purpose of their visa.

This will end the temporary removal of the unlimited hours that student visa holders were permitted to work during the Covid pandemic.

The full information from Home Affairs:

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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 to address workforce shortages. This will end on 30 June 2023. 

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 are able to focus on obtaining a quality Australian education and qualification, while remaining able to support themselves financially, gain valuable work experience, and contribute to Australia’s workforce needs. 

The relaxation of the working hour cap was a temporary measure during the pandemic to allow students to bolster their income while helping to meet labour shortage. The primary purpose of a student visa is to study in Australia.

The working hour cap is intended to balance international students’ need to support themselves and gain work experience in Australia with their main purpose, which is to study in Australia.

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