Wages in Australia

How often will I be paid?

You will get your wage weekly (every week), or once in 2 weeks (fortnightly).
Your employer has to pay tax and superannuation on behalf of you. You can ask for your money from tax every end of financial year (July) and from superannuation fund after you have already left Australia.


Are there any differences in wages for working week days and weekends?

During weekends and holidays wages are usually higher than on working days. The calculation is on average your regular wage multiply by 1.5 for weekends and multiply by 2.5 for public holidays. This rule is not generally applicable for all employers.


What influence the wages?

The average wage in Australia can vary according to:

  • The place where you apply for a job (in big cities and city centres you can usually have higher wages)
  • The period of the year when you apply for a job (during holidays season you have a bigger chance to get a better paid job)
  • Your personal experience, education etc.

What factors can influence my earnings?

According to your student visa conditions, you can work in Australia legally up to 20 hours per week during your course and without any limits in the time between two courses – during your holidays.

It takes usually one month to find a job, and you have one month after you finish school when you can work without any limits. The minimum gross wage per hour is AU$ 20.33. The rate of your income tax depends on the length of your stay.


Can the type of my school influence my income?

An important factor is also the type of your course, as students who study at vocational education and training schools (VET) usually have full-time study only for 36 weeks per year, and have 16 weeks of holidays in a year.

You can also benefit from a combination of English language course and vocational school or university, as you can get from four to eight weeks of holidays in that way, and you can work without the 20 hour limits during these holidays.



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