Recruit an international student

If you are a Northern Territory (NT) employer, you can recruit an international student to your workforce as an employee or intern.

International students are students who come to Australia to complete all or part of their education.

Students are granted a student visa (subclass 500) for the length of their study.

To find out more about the student visa, go to the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

You can recruit an international student as an intern or an employee part-time, casually or full-time.

Read below for more information.


Many courses require students to gain practical work experience.

Internships are on-the-job training, and often unpaid. They can be full-time or part-time.

Students are not limited to working 40 hours per fortnight if the internship is a mandatory component of their course.

Read more on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Request a student as an intern

You can register to host a student as an intern at your workplace.

Register online.

Part-time or casual employment

To address workforce shortages across Australia, student visa work hours have been temporarily relaxed. This is for all ongoing students, as well as new student arrivals.

Student are also able to work before the course of study commences and for more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy.

These temporary measures remain in place until further notice.

For more information, go to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.

Full-time employment

You can employ an international student full-time if:

  • their courses are not in session or
  • the students have graduated and hold a temporary graduate visa (subclass 485).

You don’t need to sponsor them.

Depending on their course and level of study, international students who graduate in the NT can stay for up to six years on this visa.

Find out more about the temporary graduate visa on the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

More information

Get the recruiting international students fact sheet:

Recruiting international students fact sheet PDF (5.2 MB)
Recruiting international students fact sheet DOCX (96KB)

Page last updated 24 April 2023