Help looking for work

Workshops to help you write a resume and look for work are held frequently - keep an eye on activites for details.

We recommend that you create a profile on LinkedIn for job notifications, to research employers and to network with other students.

Jobsearch sites

  • Global Grad for jobs for UQ international students
  • Gumtree for casual, local work
  • Seek for professional work in Australia.

Student work conditions and rights

On a student visa, you can work 20 hours per week during semester, more during semester breaks.

The minimum hourly wage in Australia for unskilled work is around $18 per hour for an adult (18 years).  Higher minimum rates generally apply for night and weekend work. 

Find out more about:

Tax

To be able to work in Australia, you must have a Tax File Number.  Apply online for a Tax File Number.

Keep your Tax File Number and other identity details safe.  Only certain people and organisations can ask for your Tax File Number including the Tax Office, your employer after you start work, your bank, Centrelink (the Australian social security department) and your superannuation fund.

    Tax and superannuation refunds

    You can claim a refund for superannuation money paid by your Australian employer when you permanently depart Australia.  Find out more about superannuation payments and tax refunds.