Part-time and casual

Information on part-time and casual work opportunities and understanding your rights at work.

Many students seek part-time or casual work to earn money, but you may also require flexible arrangements due to personal commitments or other circumstances. Whatever the job or your reason for seeking an alternative to full-time employment, you will be developing important and transferable employability skills which are valued by employers, such as communication, teamwork and organisation.

Ideas for finding part-time or casual work

  • Careers Online is the University's official job site for students and graduates, and a good place to start if you’re looking for part-time or casual work. Each year, there are around 5,000 part-time and
    casual jobs posted, and many of these are advertised exclusively to University of Melbourne students.


  • Students@Work recruits students to work on campus. Jobs are advertised on Careers Online. A large intake of students happens twice a year (late April and late October). These students are recruited and trained to work in service and administrative roles across campus. There is also a recruitment drive in late October for work in University libraries. Other positions are advertised as they arise.
  • The Student Union requires casual student workers to work in a variety of roles including administration, promotions, food and beverage and IT support. Sometimes these are advertised but you can also approach the Student Union directly.
  • University Library offers professional practice placements and employment opportunities, including working at Library service desks and providing peer assistance to students.
  • Hospitality on campus such as food outlets, caf├ęs and University House. You can approach outlet managers directly.
  • For academic work, eg. research assisting, tutoring – discuss directly with academic staff in your department or area.


There are many jobs that don't require qualifications. Some examples include:

  • Retail and hospitality positions may be advertised on job sites but especially for large employers, go directly to their websites. Local opportunities may be advertised via community noticeboards in supermarkets, shop windows and local newspapers.
  • Possible ways to get a start for students with no or little experience:
    • Tutoring opportunities: these often involve tutoring high school students or working with private tutoring colleges.
    • Call centres: there are usually many opportunities because of the volume of work and the turnover of staff.
    • Office administration: you will have developed many general administration skills through managing your own affairs, eg. finding and presenting information, sourcing supplies, scheduling, making bookings or entering data into databases.

Many of these roles can be applied for by registering your interest with recruitment agencies such as ManPower, Morgan Consulting and Kelly Services. Search online for others.

Your rights at work

It's important to understand your rights in the workplace and to ensure that your employer meets their legal requirements. This includes your rate of pay, your work hours, and safety and discrimination in the workplace. The following resources will help you to stay informed about your rights at work.

  • Fair Work Ombudsman – use the employment checklist to make sure that you understand your rights at work.
  • Worksafe Victoria – access information about your rights in relation to safety, discrimination and bullying in the workplace.