Temporary Relaxation of Working Hours for Student Visa Holders in Australia (more than 40 hours)
Australia has managed COVID-19 quite successfully compared to other countries.
The COVID-19 has resulted in extreme conditions in the workforce of Australia. As a result, the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force have adopted a flexible approach to ensure the continuity of critical services in Australia.
As per this approach, student visa holders in Australia can work more than their general working hours (which is up to 40 hours per fortnight). Temporary Relaxation of Working Hours for Student Visa Holders in Australia allows international students in Australia to work more than 40 hours a fortnight.
Nevertheless, this working hour relaxation is limited to certain specified industries only.
As per the news published on the Australian Government website of home affairs, the conditions in which student visa holders in Australia legally can work more than 40 hours a fortnight are:
- If you are employed by an aged care Approved Provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID, before 8 September 2020
- If you are employed by a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provider
- If you are enrolled in a health care-related course, and you are supporting the health effort against COVID-19, as directed by health officials
- If you are employed in the agriculture sector
- If you are employed in the tourism and hospitality sector
Additionally, international students, and global workers, will have the same rights under the Australian workplace law.
Also, these working hours' relaxation is temporary and will be revisited by the Australian government regularly. Students can work under these temporary relaxations until the employers are advised by the government that this temporary relaxation no longer applies.