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Extended Post-Study Work Rights & Increased Working Hour Cap to be Reinstated from 1 July 2023 in Australia

Feb 22, 2023

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The Australian Government has recently announced two major updates for international students in Australia. These updates will have a significant impact on international students and further support them to find the right career after graduating. 

So, without any further ado, let’s get started in knowing the latest updates. 

Firstly, the government has announced a two-year extension of post-study work rights for international graduates. This two-year extension of post-study work rights will be applicable to international graduates with select degrees that come under the areas of verified skill shortage. As per this announcement, the extension will provide an additional two years of stay to eligible international higher education graduates with a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485). 

Furthermore, this extension is in addition to the existing additional one to two years of work rights for eligible students who study, live and work in regional areas. A list of eligible occupations in demand and the related qualifications which are eligible for the extension has also been released by the government. 

The indicative list of eligible qualifications for this two-year extension of post-study work rights are Engineering, ICT, Teaching & Education, Food Technology, Agriculture, Medical and Nursing, Professional Health, and Diagnostic, and Allied Health. The complete list of eligible courses will be published before 1st July 2023.

Working on this post-study work rights extension, Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education, and the Hon Clare O’Neil MP, Minister for Home Affairs have established a Post‑Study Work Rights Working Group to provide advice.

Secondly, the government has also announced an increase in the working hour cap for international students. This working hour cap is increased from 40 to 48 hours per fortnight. This cap will be reinstated on 1st July 2023 and increase the allowable work hours cap.

Both the changes will be applicable from 1st July 2023 for international higher education graduates with eligible qualifications.

This latest announcement by the Australian government will prove to be highly beneficial for international students. So, if you are planning to study in Australia, now is the right time to initiate your university application process.

Reach out to the Australian Experts at KC Overseas Education and grab the benefits of this latest development in Australia. 

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