Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced today (19/01/2022)

“But we also want them to come here and to be filling some of these critical workforce shortages, particularly those who are working and being trained in health care, aged care, those types of sectors, that will be incredibly helpful,” he said.

Temporary relaxation of work restrictions

The Australian Government has announced that international students who meet any of the following criteria will be exempt from the usual 40-hour per fortnight work limit:

Employed by an aged care approved provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID

Employed by a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provider

Enrolled in a health care related course and are supporting the health effort against COVID-19, as directed by health officials.

Employed in the agriculture sector

Employed in the tourism and hospitality sector

Working in a supermarket, or associate distribution facility, located in an area impacted by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions for the duration of the lockdown.

You must continue to balance your study and work commitments even though there is more flexibility in work hours in certain sectors.

Students who work more than 40 hours per fortnight in the above sectors, must:

Maintain their course enrolment

Ensure satisfactory course attendance of minimum 80%

Ensure satisfactory course progress.

Student visa holders who cancel their enrollment and stop attending classes, or fail to meet satisfactory course progress, may be in breach of their visa conditions.