Part-time work and volunteering
As a student, you always need a bit of extra cash.
If you are on a student visa, you will have the opportunity to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week, and up to 40 hours per week during semester break.
This allows you to earn some spending money as well as become an active member of the community. And if you’re not a native speaker - it is also a great way to improve your English!
There are casual jobs available throughout Perth in the areas of administration, hospitality, house-keeping/cleaning and retail. You can expect to earn between AU$6-20 per hour, depending on your age and the kind of work you do.
You can also tutor younger students in the field you are studying, or in your native language, and earn about AU$40 an hour.
When applying for a job, it is best to prepare a neatly presented resume which details your past work experience and highlights any relevant skills that will make you ideal for the position.
If extra cash is not a concern, why not volunteer at one of Perth’s numerous charitable organisations or community programs. Visit Volunteering WA to see how you can help.
*Remember that your first priority in Perth is your studies. If you decide to work part-time, start with a few hours a week until you are able to find a balance with your studies.
Australia’s taxation system
You should obtain a Tax File Number (TFN) if you are going to work part-time. You may also need a TFN to open a bank account. To apply, complete a form available from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website or an Australia Post office.
You will also need to lodge an income tax return, either through a registered tax agent or by completing it yourself. If you complete your own income tax return, ATO’s e-tax is the fastest way to obtain a refund. In most cases this will be within 14 days.