Recently, the Australian government announced new work restrictions for student visa holders in Melbourne. The changes, which will come into effect on the 1st of July 2023, limit the number of hours international students can work during the semester and increase the minimum wage requirement.
The 40 hours per fortnight limit was removed during the pandemic and still on, however as from 1st of July 2023 it will be back but not at the same level but capped at 48 hours per fortnight (8 hours more than what it was allowed pre-pandemic).
Will this impact me?
If you are an International Student who is working, you will be unable to work more than 48 hours every fortnight as from 1 July 2023.
The new restrictions have been implemented in response to concerns about the exploitation of international students in the workplace.
In recent years, there have been numerous reports of employers paying international students below the minimum wage or forcing them to work longer hours than permitted by their visas. These practices not only put international students at risk of exploitation but also undermine the integrity of Australia’s visa system
While the new restrictions are intended to protect international students from exploitation, they have also raised concerns about the financial well-being of these students. Many international students rely on income from part-time work to cover living expenses and tuition fees, and the reduction in work hours could make it difficult for them to make ends meet.
International students have expressed frustration and anxiety over the new restrictions, with many calling for the government to provide more support for students who may be struggling financially.
Some have also raised concerns about the impact on their academic performance, as the reduction in work hours may make it difficult to balance work and study commitments.
In response to these concerns, the Australian government has announced a range of measures to support international students, including additional financial assistance and access to mental health services. The government has also committed to monitoring the impact of the new restrictions and making adjustments if necessary.
The new work restrictions for student visa holders in Melbourne have raised concerns about both the financial well-being of international students and the integrity of Australia’s visa system. While the restrictions are intended to protect international students from exploitation, it is important that the government provides adequate support to ensure that these students are not unduly burdened by the changes.