Extended post-study work rights commences for international graduates

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If anyone needed another reason to study in Australia, international students enrolled in courses linked to workforce shortages can apply to live and work for longer in Australia.

From 1 July 2023, a two-year extension of post-study work rights is available for international graduates enrolled in eligible courses including teaching, nursing, and engineering.

There are over 3,000 eligible courses available. International graduates enrolled in these courses will have an additional two years added to their Temporary Graduate visa.

Extensions will increase from:

  • Two years to four years for select Bachelor degrees
  • Three years to five years for select Masters degrees
  • Four years to six years for all doctoral degrees.

Eligible courses include:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Master of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science
  • Master of Physiotherapy.

Australia is experiencing ongoing skills shortages. Businesses of every size and in every industry are experiencing skill and labour shortages.

The Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education says that businesses are screaming out for skilled workers, particularly in the regions.

“We teach and train these skilled workers. This will mean they can stay on longer and use the skills they’ve gained in Australia to help fill some of the chronic skills shortages we have right now,” Minister Clare said.

“As well as delivering the skills and qualifications Australia needs, the measure will make Australia more attractive as a study destination, helping the recovery of the international education sector and boosting earnings from Australia’s education exports.”

Further information including the full list of eligible courses is available on the post-study work rights webpage.

Correct at time of publication.