Health and aged care

Aged Care

International students who work in aged care can also work for more than 40 hours a fortnight, to make sure there are sufficient staff to care for elderly Australians during COVID-19. This concession applies to student visa holders who are existing employees and were employed in the aged care sector before 8 September 2020.

All aged care Approved Providers or Commonwealth funded aged care service providers that have been issued with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID have been given access to the temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders. These aged care providers should see the letter provided to them by the Department of Health for further details.

These measures only apply to existing workers in their existing roles.

They are temporary measures and will be reviewed by the government regularly. Employers will be advised in writing when these considerations no longer apply.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa (subclass 408) also allows suitably skilled temporary visa holders to work in the aged care sector. These arrangements apply to those who have relevant skills and experience and an offer of employment from an approved aged care provider. For example, a visitor visa holder with nursing qualifications can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa to work in the aged care sector if they have an offer of employment from an approved aged care provider.


Student visa holders already enrolled in nursing can undertake work to help and support the health effort against COVID-19 as directed by health officials. We will not take any enforcement action regarding student nurses working in these circumstances.