Three year post-study work rights

The Gold Coast is an emerging global city that invests in its student community through world-class education and training facilities; extensive student support programs; the creation of memorable and unique student experiences; and by generating greater career opportunities through a series of employability initiatives.  There are many advantages for international students who choose to study on the Gold Coast that are not available in other Australian cities like Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. One significant difference is that you are entitled to an extended post-study work visa, which is valid for three years upon graduation.

  • Temporary Graduate Visa

The Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) is available to all international students who have completed a higher education or postgraduate qualification by studying and residing on the Gold Coast, providing the opportunity to work here for three years upon graduation. Further, as a student living and studying on the Gold Coast you also qualify for priority processing of your visa application.  You’ll find more information about this visa at the Department of Home Affairs website.

  •  Greater Career Opportunities

With employability initiatives providing extensive career pathways, internships and work experience programs through direct employer touchpoints and engagement with our educational institutions the Gold Coast offers greater career opportunities for our domestic and international students.

The city also provides a comprehensive range of free student support initiatives through the Gold Coast Student Hub including individual career advice designed to help you with all aspects of your career. Our independent career and employability officers can help you with everything from preparing your resume to helping you find part-time work during study and full-time employment upon graduation. 

By choosing to study on the Gold Coast you’ll have the opportunity to achieve greater work experience and career opportunities through a world-class education within the backdrop of an unrivalled destination. 

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