Living and working in Australia

Australia is one of the world’s most popular places to work and study. It is known for its natural beauty, exciting cities, friendly locals, and outdoor lifestyle. Below you'll find a range of information about living and working in Australia.

Living in Wollongong
Living in NSW
Living in Australia

Supporting your transition to UOW and Australia

Studying abroad can be extremely rewarding but also challenging. International students from UOW have created a series of short videos sharing their tips to assist you with your transition into life at UOW and Australia.

Watch on YouTube


Working in Australia

Like many international students, you may choose to get a part time or casual job while you study in Australia. Working in Australia is a great way to enhance your student experience.

The Study Australia Employability Hub has a number of tools and resources to assist you to find work and understand your rights.

Changes to visa conditions

The Australian Government has temporarily removed the limit on student visa holders’ working hours. This measure will end on 30 June 2023 - visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

Looking for work

Finding a part-time job that can fit in with your studies is important for many students. UOW offers a number of services that can help make finding work a little easier. Read this article to discover the 7 pathways available to help you find work. Some options include:

NSW Jobs Connect

Study NSW in partnership with SEEK has set up a program that connects international students with NSW employers to create more job opportunities.

To find out more, visit the website or watch this video.

Understanding your rights

As an international student working in Australia, you have the same protections as any Australian in the workplace. It is important that you know your rights in the workplace. Download the fact sheet and checklist to help you get ready to work while you study.

Further information on your workplace rights:

Legal advice

The Student Legal Clinic also provides free confidential legal advice to UOW students, including preliminary advice in relation to employment law.

Staying safe in Australia

Australia is generally a very safe place to live and study, but it is still important to be aware of the risks that exist. We recommend you visit the Study Australia website for a range of health and safety information.

University of Wollongong staff and the local emergency services are here to help you stay safe. A series of videos have been created by Wollongong Local Area Command as part of the NSW Police Force and in conjunction with the University of Wollongong. This project was proudly supported by the IMB Bank Community Foundation.

These videos offer important information on what to do in an emergency and how to stay safe on campus, at the beach and in the community.

Videos are also available with subtitles in ArabicMandarinHindiJapaneseKoreanSpanishThai and Vietnamese.