Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders –

​​​​​​​​​Due to workforce shortages;

The Treasurer and the Minister announced this week that temporary arrangements have been put in place to relax the 40 hours per fortnight cap on working hours of Student Visa holders to assist with Australia’s economic recovery. The limitation has been lifted for work in any sector of the economy.

This temporary arrangement came into effect immediately in an announcement on 19 January 2022. These arrangements will be reviewed by the Government in April 2022.

While these measures are in place:

  • students must maintain their course enrolment, attendance and satisfactory progress

Home Affairs and the ABF will not:

  • cancel the visas of students working more than 40 hours per fortnight
  • not refer students for breaches of s235 of the Act related to working hours
  • not refer employers or labour-hire companies for investigation for allowing students to work in breach of their visa conditions

Further information is available on the Home Affairs website.    

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