Eligible Australian Student Visa holders may be able to work up to 80 hours a fortnight under a temporary relaxation of visa rules as there are currently 400,000 vacant positions Australia-wide, even before the current Omicron fuelled labour shortages.

Traditionally, international students in Australia had a 40-hour-per-fortnight work limit. This however is likely to be doubled to 80-hours-per-fortnight (40 hours per week)

This new concession is in addition to last July’s changes, that allowed supermarkets in states and territories subject to COVID-19 lockdowns to employ International Students in excess of the 40 hours per fortnight cap to help businesses remain open and to help supermarkets meet the high customer demand for critical goods.

Due to increases in staffing pressures, Australian student visa holders were also able to work more than 40 hours a fortnight in aged care and nursing.

ASC Migration are visa processing specialists, with experts in the United Kingdom and Australia at your disposal.

For more information on the process of migrating Down Under as an International Student, please CLICK HERE and you will be redirected to our Student Visas page. Thereafter, please follow the prompts to be assessed as a ‘first-time’ International Student.


You can contact our UK Office by telephone at 074 8753 8231 or by email to

OR contact our Australian Office by telephone 08 9301 5905 or by email to