Many students are able to establish an income by either finding a job, receiving government benefits and/or receiving a scholarship.

If you're having serious money problems (for example: an unexpected financial crisis, need bond assistance, can't afford to buy essential text books, etc.) then you should check out our Loans, Bursaries and Grants section.

Finding work

Part-time work is an obvious way of increasing weekly income.

Students who have limited savings or family support will often be obliged to supplement their allowance with part time work earnings. Whether this is regular part time work or seasonal work undertaken during university breaks is a personal decision with both options used successfully by many students. Many factors need to be taken into account such as your study workload, your learning style, and of course the availability of work.

Information about looking for work can be found on the Careers and Employment website.

It is important to bear in mind that, if you are a full-time student, it is recommended that you do no more than 8-10 hours employment each week if you can.

Course placements/part-time work restrictions

In some courses, such as Nursing, Medicine or Teaching, there are periods during the year when it will be very difficult to participate in part-time employment. Long hours will be required for practical experience.

Most international students will also have visa conditions restricting the amount of hours they are legally able to work in Australia during semester.

These restrictions may need to be taken into account when assessing income within a budget.