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Working after graduation in Australia

Find out the right post-study work permits for international students


If you wish to gain some work experience in Australia after you finish your studies here, you can do so under the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) option.


The visa allows newly-minted international graduates to live, study and work in the country temporarily after completing a qualified CRICOS-registered course.


You must however have studied in Australia for at least two academic years – or 16 calendar months with tri-semester study – and apply for the subclass 485 visa within six months of finishing your study program (Note: It is six months after the date of your course completion, not your graduation ceremony).


And you can only apply for and have the visa once as a primary applicant.


The subclass 485 visa has two streams, each with different lengths of permitted stay and eligibility requirements:

  • Graduate Work stream

  • Post-Study Work stream


Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream


The Graduate Work stream offers an 18-month visa and is for international students who graduate from a course or courses with a degree, diploma or trade qualification(s) that closely relate to a job on the eligible skilled occupation lists.


It is an excellent option if you wish to enter the job market in Australia and explore the opportunity to stay permanently either through General Skilled Migration or an employer sponsorship later.


You must pass a skills assessment by a relevant assessing authority for a nominated skilled occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) to be eligible for this visa.


You must also be younger than 50 years old and holding an eligible visa when you apply for the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). If your student visa expires while your subclass 485 visa application is being processed, you can get the temporary Bridging Visa A (BVA) which allows you to remain in Australia during visa processing.


The English language requirement for the subclass 485 visa – Graduate Work stream is:

  • IELTS (Academic or General Training): Overall average of 6 with at least 5 in each band; or

  • Pearson (PTE Academic): Overall average of 50 with at least 36 in each band; or

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): Total score of 64 with at least 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking; or

  • Cambridge English: Advanced test (CAE): 169 overall average with at least 154 in each band


Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) – Post-Study Work Stream