Once you arrive in Australia, you and your family can apply for a work permit.
For the principal applicant of a student visa who has applied for a work permit:
You can work up to 20 hours a week during the “normal school term” and unlimited hours during the “non-school term”.
But there are exceptions:
1. The internship is required by the school curriculum, so it is not included in the 20 hours.
2. If you volunteer, you will have to apply for a work permit even though you are not paid, and this will be counted as less than 20 hours.
For family members with work permits:
You can only work 20 hours a week at any time, unless:
1. The spouses of the 573 families studying for the master’s degree in teaching are allowed to work without limit as long as the classes begin.
2. Family members of 574 applicants pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in research.
3. Dependants of ausaid and Australian department of defence sponsored visa 576. Keep in mind that your dependents are subject to state work laws as well, and your children may not work if they are younger than 15 while in school.
According to this law, the spouses of tafe class 572 visa holders and 573 undergraduate visa holders should be careful, because you are only allowed to work 20 hours! Another question is when do you start counting the normal school days?
1. Term for school publicity, including examination period;
2. If you have completed the required course credits and the coe is valid;
3. If you are taking another course, your main course credit is transferred to the time gap between your main course.