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More working hours for postgrad and research students

POSTGRADUATE and doctoral research international students can now work for an unlimited number of hours per week in Australia while studying. Amanda Yap reports.

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The Australian Government has lifted work restrictions on postgraduate and doctoral research international students.

Previously, postgraduate and doctoral research international students could only work for 20 hours a week, except during holiday periods.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen, said the change was part of the Australian government’s commitment to position Australia as a preferred study destination for international students.

“International education plays a vital role in a growing economy, educational outcomes and Australia’s diplomatic engagement with other countries, so it’s important that we give it the best possible support,” Mr Bowen said.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship said the additional hours was also in recognition of the importance of the higher degree by research sector.

This means international students on a postgraduate research (subclass 574) visa are now able to work full-time hours in employment related to their research.

The change is also expected to be a boon for businesses, providing more flexibility for employers.

The Times of India reported the change would especially benefit Indian students, to help them combat  increased living expenses  in Australia due to the depreciation of the rupee against the dollar.

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