International students studying in Australia are allowed to work part-time for up to 40 hours per fortnight. During semester breaks students are allowed to work unlimited hours.
Most colleges and universities have a careers office, which regularly posts employment vacancies.
Other options of finding jobs are thru local community news papers and networking. Students will have to meet people, go and personally drop resumes at various spots which can include local service stations, fast food joints, restaurants and other business establishments. Good communication and English speaking skills help a lot. Talk in a friendly matured manner and meet the managers and other crew. Give them an opinion that you are a fast learner and will work to the best of your ability.
The minimum wage in Australia is around AUD 15.00 to AUD 19.00 per hour. Most of the students working part time are working on minimum wage rate. Another factor is in part-time jobs students may not get enough hours every week. So I advise students not to go to Australia thinking that part-time jobs are easy and they can take care of all their expenses.
Students must also be careful that this part-time work does not interfere with their study program.
Indian students studying in Australia are generally working in service stations, departmental stores, warehouses, restaurants and security agencies. It is the same situation also in USA, UK or Canada. These part-time jobs actually build their self esteem and gives them good exposure/experience. Its a great opportunity also to improve your English language speaking skills
Part-time work is not difficult to find if you have thge right attitude, good English language speaking skills and presentation skills. Cities like Melbourne, Darwin, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane have a lot of part-time openings however there is strong competition. Some times students may not find time as majority of the time goes for their studies and assessments.
Therefore I strongly advise students not to depend on part-time work for their full expenses. Students must have sufficient support from their homes and should have a back-up. It is very important for students to concentrate on their studies before looking for work.