Australian Govt Relaxes Cap on Working Hours for Int'l Students Employed at Supermarkets

By Cyril Zachariah Updated On - Jul 20, 2021 10:03 AM

Australia has announced relaxing working hours for international students employed in Supermarkets in the New South Wales and Victoria region. Supermarkets are tagged as exposure sites which result in a reduced number of essential workers offering critical services at a crucial time for Australia.

With different variants of coronavirus spreading across the region and the state being in lockdown, the limitations on International Students working in supermarkets in Australia during the lockdown have been lifted.

As per sources, supermarkets located in regions where lockdowns have been imposed will be able to recruit international students for over 40 hours a fortnight, as a countermeasure towards the shortage of staff as a result of the fast-paced infection.

Sources have further revealed that the move will be temporary and only be applicable for supermarkets located in the New South Wales and Vitoria regions along with their associated distribution facilities. The move had been made as a response to a call for 'urgent relief' from the industry.

Also Read: NSW Pauses Pilot Programme to Welcome International Students Until Lockdown Ends

Sydney is home to a few stores which have been tagged as exposure sites, wherein large numbers of essential workers have been moved into isolation. This has directly resulted in the loss of essential workers when demand for critical goods have been at an all-time high.

As per the statement made by Immigration Minister Hon Alex Hawke, the move will help in supermarkets continuing to offer critical services to the community during the lockdown, while essential workers are able to receive an additional income.

Also Read: Post-Pandemic Peer Support Needed for Int’l Students in Australia and NZ, Says IEAA

He further praised the supermarket workers, calling them 'unsung heroes', highlighting their brave move to help Australia receive essential items during one of Australia’s 'Darkest Days' and during such unprecedented times.

Previously in June, the working limits for student visa holders employed in areas of Aged and Disability Care, Tourism, Agriculture and Hospitality were relaxed throughout the country by the Department of Home Affairs.

With inputs from SBS News

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