Changes in work limitations affecting Work Integrated Learning, Industry Based Learning and Placements

Important changes in work limitations

International student visa holders are permitted to work 40 hours fortnightly while their courses are in session. These new changes in work limitations could affect students who are undertaking elective Work Integrated Learning (WIL), Industry Based Learning (IBL) and Placement subjects.

Please read carefully the information below, provided by the Department of Home Affairs.

The legislation specifies that work won’t count towards the 40-hour limitation if the work was specified as a requirement of the course when the course particulars were entered in the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). If an elective is a requirement of the course but the work itself was not specified when the course was registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives, however, it would be counted towards the 40-hour work limitation. This may be the case even if the student is not being paid for undertaking the work. Volunteer work, that is work that would not normally attract remuneration, may be exempt.

If you are studying an elective WIL, IBL or placement, it is better to confirm whether your course has a registered work component, please check the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)

For more information please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.