8104 - Work restriction: 40 hours a fortnight
You can only work up to 40 hours in a fortnight. A fortnight means the period of 14 days starting on a Monday.
If you are a member of the family unit of a primary student visa holder, you must not work in Australia until they have started their course. Family members of students studying a masters or a doctorate degree can work unrestricted hours once the primary student visa holder has started their course.=
Note: This applies to family members of students who hold subclass 500 visa.
Unrestricted work rights also applies to family members of subclass 573 (Higher Education Sector) and subclass 574 (Postgraduate Research Sector) visa holders studying a masters by research or doctorate degree.
Important: Employers seeking to hire the family member of a primary student visa holder are advised to request evidence:
- of the relationship (such as a visa grant letter, marriage or birth certificate) and
- that the primary student visa holder has commenced their course, such as a Confirmation of Enrolment or a letter from the relevant education provider
Understanding your work rights
The Department is working with the Fair Work Ombudsman to help employees and employers understand and follow Australian Workplace laws.
Information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements is in the Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT).
The Fair Work Ombudsman website has more information on workplace rights and entitlements for visa holders and migrant workers.
For the full list of conditions relevant to your visa, see the Federal Register of Legislation.