Expenses & Work Rights

Cost of Living in Australia

Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia (All costs are in Australian dollars and linked to the consumer price index)


  • Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week

  • Shared Rental - $85 to $215 per week

  • On campus - $90 to $280 per week

  • Homestay - $235 to $325 per week

  • Rental - $165 to $440 per week

  • Boarding schools - $11,000 to $22,000 a year


Other living expenses:

  • Groceries and eating out - $80 to $280 per week

  • Gas, electricity - $35 to $140 per week

  • Phone and Internet - $20 to $55 per week

  • Public transport - $15 to $55 per week

  • Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week

  • Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week


Minimum cost of living:

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 July 2016, the 12-month living cost is:

  • You - $19,830

  • Partner or spouse - $6,940

  • Child - $2,970


Reference: studyinaustralia.gov.au

Work Rights

Paid work

Australia has a wide range of industries and many have part time employment opportunities, including:

  • Retail - supermarkets, department, and clothing stores.

  • Hospitality - cafes, bars, and restaurants.

  • Tourism - hotels and motels.

  • Agricultural - farming and fruit-picking.

  • Sales and telemarketing.

  • Administration or Clerical roles.

  • Tutoring.

If you have existing qualifications and/or professional work experience, you may be able to secure casual or part time work in your field.


Your rights

Everyone working in Australia, including international students or those on working holiday visas, have basic rights at work. These rights protect entitlement to:

  • A minimum wage.

  • Challenge of unfair dismissal from the job

  • Leave, breaks and rest periods.

  • A healthy and safe work environment.



Generally, $17.70 per hour but different payment in different industries. For more details please check https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/minimum-wages/salary-payments#1630-1636


Finding a job

  • Newspapers and online job sites such as gumtree, seek and indeed.

  • Some institutions provide job notice-boards on campus and online.

  • Register your details at a recruitment firm; many of them help place people in casual or short-term work.


Reference: studyinaustralia.gov.au and fairwork.gov.au