Strong economic growth has made Brisbane one of the world’s fastest-growing capital cities, with real part-time employment opportunities for students, as well as career opportunities for graduates wanting to stay.

If you plan to work while you study in Brisbane, you will need to understand your rights and responsibilities to ensure you protect yourself and comply with your visa requirements. Most student visas allow you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester, and an unlimited number of work hours during scheduled vacation breaks.

Whether you are working to gain postgraduate experience, or need a casual job to help support your living expenses, there are plenty of ways to find work that suits your situation. Online career and recruitment websites can provide regularly updated work listings, searchable by industry. Recruitment firms also help to place people in casual or short-term work.

Everyone in Australia has the right to work and earn an income. Brisbane is Australia’s fastest-growing capital city for employment, ahead of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and Brisbane’s job market is growing at more than twice the rate of population growth and now accounts for 47 per cent of Queensland’s total jobs growth. However, how quickly you can find a job in Australia depends on economic factors, qualifications and skills, the type of work you are seeking, and particular circumstances which may affect the availability of certain types of work in different parts of the country. The government sets laws on wages and work conditions and Australia has a long tradition of strong support for work laws. The laws ensure a fair and just work life and provide for a workplace that’s fair, safe and productive so that both employers and employees earn rewards for their effort. 

Where to find advertised jobs

Employers advertise for employees in many places – newspapers, private employment agencies, online job sites and direct contact.For further information about finding a job in Brisbane visit any of the following websites:• Australian Government Career Information• CareerOne• Centrelink• MyCareer• Seek

Qualifications and skills

If you have skills or experience in occupations where there are skills shortages, your chances of finding work are much improved. Some occupations have special requirements and may require registration or licensing with a government authority and/or membership of a professional or industry association.For further information about skills assessment and recognition visit the Trades Recognition Australia website.For further information about Australia’s General Skilled Migration Program visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

Applying for a job

Job Services Australia is the Australian Government’s national employment services system. Designed to provide job seekers with access to one-on-one assistance and tailored employment services, Job Services Australia provides opportunities for training, skills development, work experience and tailored assistance.For more information visit the Job Services Australia website.

What are my rights?

All employees have rights that the government has put in place by law. The laws also state what rights an employer has. For further information about employee and employer rights in Australia visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website or any of the following websites:• Australian Council of Trade Unions• Australian Human Rights Commission• Safe Work Australia

Before beginning any work in Brisbane, it is important to understand your obligations as an employee, including: