Australian post-PhD work rights for international students extended to six years

March 2023

In welcome news, the Australian Government recently announced extended post-study work rights to provide eligible international higher education graduates additional time on their Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).

The announcement indicates that post-study work rights for select degrees in areas of verified skill shortages will be increased from:

  • Two years to four years for select Bachelor degrees
  • Three years to five years for select Masters degrees
  • Four years to six years for all doctoral qualifications.

The announcement states that all doctoral studies are considered eligible for the measure, regardless of field of study and so are not listed individually.