Tax information: Student visas and Working Holiday visas

At BBELS we have a lot of students who are interested in working while they are studying. To do this students first need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa or a Student Visa. It is important that our students understand how their income will be taxed while working in Australia.

If you work in Australia, tax will be withheld from your pay and you may need to lodge a tax return each year. The requirement to lodge a tax return will depend on how much income you have earned during the year.

The Australian income year starts on 1 July and ends on 30 June the following year.

For students on a Student Visa: if you are a student enrolled to study in Australia in a course that lasts for six months or more, you will generally be regarded as an Australian resident for tax purposes. You will therefore pay tax on your earnings at the same rate as Australian residents. For more information follow this link.

For students on a Working Holiday or Work and Holiday Visa:  the first $37,000 of your income will be taxed at 15% and the balance will be taxed at ordinary rates. For more information follow this link.

If you would like to know more about working while studying at BBELS please contact us directly at or visit our website.





The BBELS Job Club

Max, our friendly Job Club manager

The BBELS Job Club helps our students find work in and around the Byron Bay area. Since 2014 we have been establishing connections with local businesses that are happy to employ our motivated and hard-working students. We have helped hundreds of students on Working Holiday visas and Student Visas find work.

What kind of jobs can we help you find?

Byron Bay’s main industry is tourism so there are a lot of jobs in the hospitality services. Students who join our Job Club often find work in the local Byron Bay hotels, restaurants and cafes. We also help students find work on farms around Byron Bay or in other locations.

Who can join the Job Club?

If you are an Intermediate level (or higher) student with a Working Holiday visa or Student Visa you can join the Job Club.

What will Job Club do for you?

The Job Club manager will help you write your resume so that it is in the Australian format. The manager contacts businesses around town and takes students to their job interviews. After we find you a job the manager checks you are satisfied with your job (hours, pay).

Working in Australia is a great way to buy a car and travel. It is also a fun way to study English and learn more about the culture of the country. If you would like to know more about our Job Club service please contact us at






BBELS Job Club helping our South Korean students

Mamiko talking with some of our Korean students

The BBELS job club is a great way to help students find work in and around the Byron Bay area. With the assistance of the Job Club our students typically find work in the hospitality industry (restaurants, cafes, hotels) as well as work on  farms. Since we started the Job Club we have helped many students on Working Holiday visas and Student visas find work.

Today we met with some of our Korean students to discuss the benefits of joining the BBELS job club. Mamiko talked with a couple of Korean students who already had jobs in Byron Bay and reminded the others that we are happy to help them find work too.

We encourage all of our students who have an Intermediate level (or higher) of English and who have the correct visa to join the club. We help with resume writing, contact businesses around town, take students to their interview, and later check that the students are satisfied with their job (hours, pay).

Our staff have excellent work contacts throughout the Byron Bay area. Managers of these local companies will telephone us when they need new workers. We also actively phone managers whenever new students join the club.

Not only is working in Australia a great way to save money (of course), it is also a useful way to study English and learn more about the culture of the country. If you would like to know more about our Job Club service please contact us at



BBELS Job Club

Our Job Club Manager Brian introduces Job Club and explains how he helps you to find a job.


1. How long have you been working at BBELS now?
I have been working at BBELS for 1 year and 5 months.

2. What are your tasks?
My major task is the Korean and Taiwanese market.
Also I do customer service and reception tasks. That means I take care of our students. Furthermore I am looking after our beautiful campus and I am responsible for our BBELS Hostel. One of my main projects is the Job club, where I help our students to find a job here in Byron during their study at BBELS.

3. How can you help students find a job?
I have been living in Australia for seven years now and I have seen a lot of places. The majority of my time I’ve spent in Byron Bay. I also studied at BBELS. While I was studying at BBELS I was looking for any kind of job, no matter if it was full-time or part-time. I always tried my best and I was successful. I gained a lot of knowledge, work and experience. At the same time I built a good network for our students because I always made sure I had a good relationship with the employers I worked for. Now our school has the Job Club which the students can join at any time. As soon as they join, I will check the vacant position from the employers or contact our partner businesses to ask if they need any workers.

P1010749 4. Is there something like a job placement guarantee?
There is no 100% guarantee that we are going to place the student in a job because of the variety of jobs and also the season. Saying that, ever since I’ve been working here I have placed all the students that are in our Job Club, for example in factories, farms including WWOOF, restaurants, housekeeping and much more.

5. Are there any visa restrictions regarding working in Australia?
There are different restrictions regarding working in Australia for the different visa types:
On a working-holiday visa you cannot work longer than 6 months for one employer. But we have various employers, like factories and farms, which will help them to get the second holiday visa.
It is different for student-visas. Most student visa-holders are also interested in working in Australia. They are allowed to work 40 hours every fortnight. There are ideal jobs for student visa holders in Byron because there are a number of jobs available that offer less than 20 hours of work per week.

6. What do you recommend any student who wants to find a job in Byron Bay?
Basically I recommend them to study English as hard as possible. The better your English level is the easier it is to find a job. And of course join the Job Club. We will assist you with your CV, your tax file number, bank account, mobile phone, and interview training. Additionally all your paper work will be done by us. We aim to place you somewhere you will be happy




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