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Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders

To support the supply of certain services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force will take a flexible approach to student visa holders, including those working beyond their usual work limitations, but only in the sectors below. You can work for more than 40 hours a fortnight if you are employed:

  • by an aged care Approved Provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID, before 8 September 2020

  • by a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider before 23 April 2020

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

  • in the agriculture sector

  • in the tourism and hospitality sector

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


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