Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student visa holders are permitted to work beyond their regular work limitations to ensure the survival of critical services, the Australian Government has announced.
Student visa holders can work more than 40 hours a fortnight if they are:
- employed in the tourism and hospitality sector
- 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
- employed by a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provider
- enrolled in a health care related course and you are supporting the health effort against COVID-19, as directed by health officials
- employed in the agriculture sector.
While these temporary changes do not need to be applied for, the Government will regularly be reviewing the situation with employers to be notified when they are no longer in place.
While these measures are in place, the Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force will not take any adverse action against student visa holders or employers with respect to students working in excess of 40 hours each fortnight.