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    Expense Vs Earnings

    Study Expenses

    The cost of studying in Australia depends on the universities and the level of study you choose.

    Given below is the list to give you an indication of the course costs for different types of qualifications.

    Qualifications Fee (In AUD/year)
    School A$8,200 to A$30,000
    Vocational Education and Training

    (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma)

    A$4,000 to A$22,000
    English language studies Approximate A$300 per week depending on course length
    Undergraduate Bachelor Degree A$15,000 to A$33,000
    Postgraduate Master’s Degree A$20,000 to A$37,000
    Doctoral Degree A$14,000 to A$37,000

    Living Expenses

    The minimum cost of living required by the Department of Home Affairs to issue a student visa is $19,830.

    Accommodation Expenses

    First Child A$3,720/year
    Second Child A$2,790/Year
    Dependents A$6,940/year
    Hostels and guesthouses A$80 to A$135 a week
    Shared rentals and On-Campus Accommodation A$70 to A$250 a week
    Homestay A$110 to A$270 a week
    Return Air Travel A$2,000/head

    Weekly Expenses

    Groceries or eating out A$80 to A$200
    Gas and Electricity A$60 to A$100
    Phone and Internet A$20 to A$50
    Public Transport A$10 to A$50
    Entertainment A$50 to A$100

    Work Opportunities on Student Visa to Cover Expenses

    Working while studying is one of the major reasons why a large number of international students choose Australia as their study destination. The Australian Immigration system provides international students on a student visa a chance to work up to 40 hours every two weeks during semesters and unrestricted hours during semester breaks.

    However, before applying for work, international students need to visit the Australian Taxation Office to get a TFN (Taxation File Number). The process including submitting few details like name, current address, date of birth along with the date of arrival in Australia, passport and proof of enrolment.

    Australian Industries offering Part-time work

    There is a wide range of industries in Australia that offer part-time work opportunities including:

    • Hospitality (Restaurants, bars and cafes)
    • Agriculture (Farming and fruit-picking)
    • Retail (Super markets and clothing stores)
    • Tourism (Hotels and Motels)
    • Tutoring
    • Administration or Clerical roles
    • Sales and Telemarketing

    Ways to Find Work

    Some of the best ways to find appropriate work in Australia are:

    • Online job sites and Newspapers
    • Through institution’s international student support staff
    • Registering the details at a recruitment firm
    • Work Rights
    • Every individual working in Australia including international students on student visa or people on working holiday visa have some basic rights at work. This includes:
    • A healthy and safe work environment
    • A minimum wage
    • Right to Challenge unfair dismissal
    • Breaks and Rest Periods