Working in Australia for international students

Before you apply for work

Check that you are eligible to work in Australia with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).


Check if your existing qualifications and skills meet Australian standards

How to apply for permission to work (pre May 2008 students)

Your workplace rights

Strategies for working in Australia

Improve your English communication skills

Excellent written and spoken English skills are very important in the Australian workplace. Strategies to improve your English communication skills are:

  • Speak English in your house
  • Join clubs and groups that only speak in English
  • Join public speaking groups or the RMIT Toastmasters or the RMIT Association of Debaters
  • Listen to the radio, watch TV and films and read books in English
  • Download and listen to podcasts in English in your field of study
  • Read newspaper and magazine articles in your field of study in English
  • Get help with writing essays and assignments at Study and learning Centre
  • Check the English courses on offer at RMIT English Worldwide

Get local work experience

Work experience during studies demonstrates to future graduate employers that you already have skills and experience in a work related environment.

Take part extra-curricular activities

Taking part in activities, clubs or teams develops your employability skills that graduate employers value e.g. time management, leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

Have a good understanding of Australian culture and workplace expectations.

Employers want people whose behaviours and attributes match the culture of their organisation. They want to know that you will fit in with the team. To learn more about Australian culture and workplace expectations:

  • Meet local residents and participate in community events
  • Join your professional association
  • Join the RMIT 3Cs Cross Cultural Program
  • Read G’day boss!: Australian culture and the workplace by Barbara West and Frances Murray and Land that Job in Australia: Successful job hunting for migrants by Jim Bright & Karen Bright.