The Australian government has relaxed the work limitation for student visa holders allowing them to work more than 40 hours a fortnight while attending the semester. To help keep critical services moving the government has introduced a flexible approach to the work limitation of international students.
The Department of Home Affairs states, the department and Australian Border Force will take a flexible approach only to those working in aged care, disability, health, and agricultural sector. With this flexibility, international students employed by aged care approved providers of Commonwealth-funded aged care service providers can work more than 40 hours a fortnight during their study semester. International students employed by a registered NDIS provider in the disability sector also can work extra hours while the study is on.
Those who are studying nursing and other healthcare-related course and working at the frontline supporting the health effort against COVID-19 also exempt from student visa work limitation. Now, this student visa work limitation to 40 hours fortnight exemption applies to the agricultural sector too.
This new relaxation not only helps Australian industries struggling to fill positions to meet the increased demand but also helps COVID-19 pandemic affected international students to support themselves.
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