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Post Study Work Rights is extended up to Two extra years for International Students in Australia

Starting from 1st July 2023, International Higher Education graduates in Australia with eligible qualifications will be granted an extra two years of post-study work rights.

While Australia already continues to offer great post-study work benefits to international students, the authorities have recently announced an update on extending the work rights to up to 8 years for select programs. This is a great opportunity for all international students who are planning to study in this welcoming country and those who are already pursuing their studies in Australia.

Study in top ranked Australian Universities or institutions and take a step towards global career opportunities with extended post-study work rights offered under subclass 485.

Important Updates from the recent decision by the Australian authorities:

1. Two-year extension of post-study work rights

  • The Australian Government has announced a two-year extension of post-study work rights for international graduates with select degrees in areas of verified skills shortage to strengthen the pipeline to skilled work. The extension will take effect from 1 July 2023.This extension will give eligible international higher education graduates an additional two years.
  • Post-study work rights for select degrees in areas of verified skills shortages will be increased from:
    1. Two years to four years for select bachelor’s degrees.
    2. Three years to five years for select master’s degrees.
    3. Four years to six years for all PhDs.
  • List of occupations and qualifications eligible for post-study work rights extension – List of occupations and qualifications eligible for post-study work rights extension – Department of Education, Australian Government
  • The extension is in addition to the existing additional one to two years of work rights for eligible students who study, live and work in regional areas.

2. Increase in allowable work hours cap from 1 July 2023

  • The Government has also announced an increase to the part-time working hour cap for international students, while studying, from 40 to 48 hours per fortnight, from 1 July 2023.
*List of occupations and qualifications eligible for post-study work rights extension here
  • Engineering:
    1. Bachelor of Science
    2. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
    3. Bachelor of Biomedical Science
    4. Bachelor of Medical Science
    5. Bachelor of Project Management
    6. Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)
    7. Bachelor of Science (Lab + Non-lab Based)
    8. Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies
    9. Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)
    10. Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)
    11. Bachelor of Engineering Science
    12. Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
    13. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)
    14. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) <br/
    15. Master of Engineering
    16. Master of Professional Engineering
    17. Master of Engineering Science
    18. Master of Biotechnology
    19. Master of Construction Management
    20. Master of Science
    21. Master of Construction Management (Professional)
    22. Master of Engineering (Professional)
    23. Master of Engineering Management
    24. Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated)
    25. Master of Machine Learning and Computer Vision
    26. Master of Biomedical Science
    27. Master of Engineering (Extension)
    28. Master of Engineering Science (Management)
    29. Master of Philosophy (Engineering)
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) :
    1. Bachelor of Information Technology
    2. Bachelor of Computer Science
    3. Bachelor of Business Information Systems
    4. Bachelor of Advanced Computing
    5. Bachelor of Networking
    6. Bachelor of Science – Computer Science
    7. Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology
    8. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
    9. Bachelor of Information Systems
    10. Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology
    11. Bachelor of Cyber Security
    12. Bachelor of Business Analytics
    13. Bachelor of Information Technology (Mobile Applications Development) (Standard)
    14. Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours)
    15. Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
    16. Bachelor of Software Engineering
    17. Bachelor of Computing Science (Honours)
    18. Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Development)
    19. Bachelor of Data Science
    20. Master of Information Technology
    21. Master of Data Science
    22. Master of Business Information Systems
    23. Master of Information Systems
    24. Master of Information Technology and Systems
    25. Master of Computer Science
    26. Master of Computing
    27. Master of Business Analytics
    28. Master of Cyber Security
    29. Master of Information Technology and Master of Information Technology Management
    30. Master of Networking
    31. Master of Applied Information Technology
    32. Master of Technology (Enterprise Systems and Business Analytics)
    33. Master of Technology (Software Engineering)
    34. Master of Cybersecurity
    35. Master of Information Technology (Enterprise Management)
    36. Master of Enterprise Resource Planning
    37. Master of Computing and Innovation
  • Agriculture:
    1. Bachelor of Science
    2. Bachelor of Biomedicine
    3. Bachelor of Biomedical Science
    4. Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies
    5. Bachelor of Agriculture
    6. Bachelor of Agricultural Science
    7. Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)
    8. Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
    9. Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    10. Bachelor of Science (Science)
    11. Bachelor of Environmental Science
    12. Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)
    13. Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours)
    14. Bachelor of Marine Science
    15. Master of Environmental Science
    16. Master of Environmental Management
    17. Master of Environment
    18. Master of Biotechnology
    19. Master of Marine Biology
    20. Master of Agricultural Science
    21. Master of Science in Agriculture
    22. Master of Sustainability
    23. Master of Science (Bioinformatics)
    24. Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
    25. Master of Environment and Sustainability
    26. Master of Agricultural Sciences
    27. Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical)
    28. Master of Molecular Biology
    29. Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability
    30. Bachelor of Science
    31. Bachelor of Biomedical Science
    32. Bachelor of Medical Science
    33. Bachelor of Science (Lab + Non-lab Based)
    34. Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies
    35. Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
    36. Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    37. Bachelor of Medical Sciences
    38. Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science Advanced (Honours)
    39. Bachelor of Science (Food Technology and Nutrition)
    40. Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)
    41. Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science
    42. Bachelor of Biotechnology
    43. Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology
    44. Bachelor of Science (Science)
    45. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)
    46. Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)
    47. Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)
    48. Master of Biotechnology
    49. Master of Science
    50. Master of Food Science and Technology
    51. Master of Biomedical Science
    52. Master of Materials Technology
    53. Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice
    54. Master of Research
    55. Master of Science (Food Science and Technology)
    56. Master of Biotechnology Research Extensive
    57. Master of Science (Chemistry)
    58. Master of Viticulture and Oenology
    59. Master of Laboratory Medicine
    60. Master of Wine Business
    61. Master of Medical Biotechnology (Extension)
    62. Master of Science in Biotechnology
    63. Master of Science (Professional)
    64. Master of Food Science

What is 485 post-study work stream visa?
It’s a great opportunity to stay back and work in Australia for a longer duration! This new post-study work stream visa, offered by the Australian Government enables you to study, live, and work in the designated regional areas of the country, for up to five years. This is a great update as now you can plan for your career in a better manner, having a wider range of areas accessible to study and work, besides a longer duration of post-study work visa validity.

Who can apply?
As an international student, if you wish to work in Australia upon the completion of your studies for a longer duration (up to five years), then this is for you. Good news is that this visa allows you complete study and work rights, besides allowing the freedom to travel to and from Australia as long as it is valid.

You should know

  • Your field of specialisation will not be a determining factor as this post-study work visa doesn’t have an occupations list. But ensure you are studying at the right levels
  • You should have a degree from a CRICOS-registered course
  • Skills assessment isn’t requisite to apply for this visa
  • You need to fulfil the English language proficiency requirements

The post-study work stream visa can open doors to an exciting career in Australia. This means, more options, more exposure, and yes, more employability.

Australia’s regional cities are a great place to study, work and live – offering a highly attractive combination of a world-class university education and a great lifestyle. While Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney are already popular, the equally important cities like Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Canberra now become more attractive to international students. This may be creating a sustainable balance and more opportunities for everyone and also that education and employment opportunities that are available across Australia are taken up by students rather than competing in a concentrated space. There are economic opportunities that are all around the country and the new policy will advantage the international students in many ways.

Get informed, speak to us to find out all the benefits about studying and living regionally:

  • Enjoy face-to-face consultation with our experienced expert about entry requirements and application process for courses in regional Australia
  • Discover specialty course offerings that are unique to campuses in regional areas
  • Learn about Universities based in cities like Darwin, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast and many more

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