International graduates from higher education who meet the prerequisites will receive an additional two years of post-study work rights starting on July 1, 2023. The maximum number of hours that overseas students may work per fortnight will rise from 40 to 48.
Extension of post-study work rights for two years
For international graduates with specific degrees in fields where there is a confirmed skill shortage, a two-year extension of post-study employment privileges is offered.
This extension will extend the Temporary Graduate Visa for qualified overseas higher education graduates by an extra two years (subclass 485).
In addition to the current additional one to two years of work privileges, the extension is available to qualifying students who study, reside, and work in regional areas.
See the indicative list of in-demand professions that are eligible for the extension and the corresponding qualifications here: https://www.education.gov.au/extended-poststudy-work-rights-international-graduates/resources/list-occupations-and-qualifications-eligible-poststudy-work-rights-extension
When the cap is re-established on July 1, 2023, the Government has also announced an increase to the maximum number of working hours for international students, from 40 to 48 hours per week.