The Federal government announced that students in Australia working in certain fields could continue to work more than 40 hours a week. Here we know in which areas.


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The Covid crisis has led to severe labor shortages in many parts of Australia. It is in this context that the government has announced that students in Australia of various fields can work for more than forty hours in the two weeks normally allowed.

This exemption will continue to apply to student visa holders working in the following areas. The government has said this is a temporary change in Covid situation.

  • Aged Care is an accredited provider or Federal Government-funded Aged Care Center (a center with a RACS ID or NAPS ID)
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Provider with Registration.

  • This applies to those on student visas who support Kovid-19 immunization activities as directed by health authorities. Must be enrolled in a health related course.

  • Work in agriculture

  • Tourism or hospitality scene

  • For those in the area affected by Covid restrictions to work in supermarkets or affiliated distribution centers (distribution centers) during lockdown

Areas are defined using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) system.

This is a temporary change and it is suggested to visit the government website for more information.

Those on student visas who work more than forty hours a week in these areas do not need to contact the government to report this.

However, students who work more than forty hours are advised to continue their course enrollment and maintain the required attendance. In addition, it is suggested that the progress of the course should be ensured.

Those who work in the above areas and have received job offers from these areas are likely to be eligible for the COVID-19 Pandemic Visa (subclass 408) upon completion of the course. The requirement is to apply 90 days before the expiry of the student visa.

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