Changes have been made to immigration instructions effective on and after 3 April 2020 to relax restrictions on students already employed in essential health care roles (including aged care), as well as a minor change relating to supermarket employees.
Tasks undertaken by student visa holders employed in essential health care roles (as defined under instructions H5.25.1) are now excluded from the definition of work under W2.2.
This change is for a limited period of time (3 April to 3 July 2020) and applies only to those student visa holders who were already employed in these roles on 3 April 2020. This change also includes interim visa holders who held a student visa immediately prior to the interim visa.
A minor change has also been made for those employed in supermarkets, to reflect that tasks excluded from the definition of work under W2.2.1.a.vii also apply to interim visa holders who held a work or student visa immediately prior to their interim visa.