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23 May 2008

Student Jobs and Finances

Q:
How much is the basic pay of a student who is doing a part time job?

Ahmad: The FairPay Commission has set $12.5 per hour as the minimum wage.

Rajan added:

We also know that a lot small business owners take advantage of overseas students and lure them into cash in hand jobs where they pay them about $8 per hour or so. It is better to look for a job which sticks to the Government Regulations.

Michelle:
You can't do much about it if your cash in hand employer decides not to pay you at all.

Q:
How much time it would take to find a job after reaching Australia(by student visa)?

Ahmad: Depends on how hard you look...

Q: Is there any placement agencies who assist to find part time jobs?

Ahmad: Yes. The majority of job-searches are done online though.


Q: Is it possible to earn some money during the course by doing part time jobs? Is it possible to save at least 300AUD per month?

Ahmad: Yes. 20 hours of work a week is allowed during semesters...How much you can actually work depends on your timetable.


Q:Is it possible to save at least 300 AUD per month?

Ahmad: If you are looking at paying your fee, living expenses and still having $200 left, I would say probably not.

You should be able to break even and perhaps save some money provided you live in relatively cheap accommodation, work a substantial portion of the 20 hours allowed, and don't spend extravagantly.

Michelle: Earning money to pay full fees and living costs by working 20 hours per week during semester is very unusual & probably not feasible.


Ahmad & Rajan have been posting answers to questions in the Melbourne Community on orkut. Reproduced with permission.

4 comments:

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jaya said...
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tee1 said...

actually im thinking to get my bachelors in business (event management and tourism) degree from la trobe university. n my family is paying 1st semester fees. is it possible for me to earn for my left fees like 10000$ in 6 months. my accomodation is free as im gonna live with my bother.

Michelle said...

@tee1,
It is possible, in theory, but if you aren't able to find a job quickly your aim could very soon slip away from you. You need to have an alternative plan if this one doesn't work out.

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