The Student Visa (subclass 500) allows you to stay in Australia to study full-time in a recognised education institution. It is possible to attend primary school, secondary school or tertiary education institution under the Student Visa, as long as your study is full-time study.
When you have started your course of study in Australia, you can generally work up to 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks.
Students completing a Masters’ degree by research or a doctoral degree (PhD) do not have work restrictions.
Your family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight, after you have started your course of study in Australia. If you are doing a postgraduate course, such as a Masters degree, your family members can work unlimited hours once you start your study.