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Are you an international student looking for work in Australia? Read this

International students can currently work more than 40 hours a fortnight.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, international students in Victoria are temporarily eligible (up to 30 June 2022) to receive mentor services that can help them gain employment.

Under this scheme, a mentor will work with international student(s) and help them understand work goals, aspirations and pathways to achieve them. A mentor can support an international student:

  • apply for jobs
  • assist to develop resume and prepare for job interviews
  • support to become job ready
  • help enrol in training or obtain qualifications
  • assist with personal needs, including transport to attend interviews
  • provide support for six months after getting a job
  • connect with other community services.

International students in Victoria can register to talk to a Jobs Victoria Advocate online, or can speak to them in their local community spaces such as the local libraries and shopping centres throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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If you are an international student looking for work you can apply for jobs posted by employers in your local area by registering in the Jobs Victoria online hub. This is a free job search service and has both part time and casual roles available.

Internationals students must remember that due to workforce shortages in Australia, the federal government has temporarily relaxed student work visa limits for all sectors of the economy. This means that international students can currently work more than 40 hours a fortnight.

Each month international students, especially the newly arrived ones, can also meet with experts from employment agency Asuria, career development consultant CEAV and youth organisation City LLEN at The Couch International Student Centre which is located at 69 Bourke St Melbourne.

You can register for these two upcoming events via eventbrite:

Interested international students can also call the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575 for free advice and information over the phone.

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