The National Cabinet will meet today to discuss a plan to allow International students to work extra hours under a temporary relaxation of visa rules to ease crippling labour shortages. In an interview given by a Politicial Editor it is confirmed that a plan to allow foreign students to work extra hours highlights ‘desperate’ staffing situation.
This will help to meet the demand across all sectors during this Pandemic.
As per the last update, to support the supply of certain services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force will take a flexible approach to student visa holders, including those working beyond their usual work limitations, but only in the sectors below.
You can work for more than 40 hours a fortnight if you are:
working for an aged care Approved Provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID (including if you are engaged by a labour hire company or recruitment agency)
working for a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider (including if you are engaged by a labour hire company or recruitment agency)
enrolled in a health care related course and you are supporting the health effort against COVID-19, as directed by health officials
working in the agriculture sector
working in the tourism and hospitality sector
working in a supermarket, or associated distribution facility, located in an area impacted by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions for the duration of the lockdown.