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Stopping study to work for a while

  • 400x300 5 You can only work 40 hours per fortnight.
  • You must continue to study.

Names of people and education providers in this story are fictional for the purposes of this case study.

José arrived in Australia on a Vocational Education and Training Sector (subclass 572) student visa.

He was from Peru and came to study in Australia as he had heard it was a great country to receive an education.

José enrolled in a Diploma of Information Technology. He was not sure what career path he would eventually take and felt that information technology was a good starting place.

He commenced his Diploma at Boomerang College and made a lot of friends in Australia while studying. One of his friends told him about casual work available at the local Greek Taverna and José started to work there on weekends. He was aware of his visas work conditions and only worked 10 hours per day on the weekends to ensure he didn’t work more than the maximum of 40 hours per fortnight allowed.

José enjoyed working at the Greek Taverna and wanted to increase his hours for a short while. He stopped attending classes and thought he would return to Boomerang College the following semester.

As his intention was to only work full-time for one semester, José did not think there would be a problem with not attending class.

A short while later, José received a notice from Boomerang College advising they were going to report him for unsatisfactory attendance. The notice said he could access the College’s complaints and appeals. José was surprised to receive the notice and the following day attended Boomerang College to speak with the student advisor.

José explained he intended to work full-time this semester and return to his diploma the following semester. The student advisor told José he was breaching his visa conditions by working full-time and not attending classes. The advisor explained students are able to defer or temporarily suspend their studies; however this would only be approved on the grounds of compassionate and compelling circumstances. He was also told that suspending or cancelling his enrolment may affect his student visa.

José did not take the advice he received from the student advisor seriously and continued to work full-time.

Boomerang College cancelled José’s certificate of enrolment and José soon received a Notice of Intention to Consider Cancellation of his student visa from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. He did not respond to the notice and the department cancelled his student visa.

As a result of the cancellation, José is barred from applying for various types of visas while in Australia and is subject to a three-year exclusion period (re-entry ban) that may affect his ability to be granted a further temporary visa. José lost his job and no longer had a visa—he had to return to his home country.

Read more about working while studying in Australia.