Hi yyy, thanks for the reply. I have subsequently read that post and it offers a heap of information, but not much clarity. What I did garner from the discussion is that, as a student, I can work if I can prove that I have pressing financial need, or if I utilise a distinct skill (English, I suppose) to teach at the university or in a field relating to my study, for up to 16 hours a week. Apparently, "in a field relating to my study" can be a malleable concept.
I'm not too worried about coming back into the country in May. I should be able to do so, then leave and come back before mid July, granting me the right to stay until September. During that time I'll be studying, and looking for work, and then hopefully working and studying.
What I'd like is to mitigate the amount of visa-running I have to do, really, and ensure a stress-free stay here for the duration of my studies, while keeping my options open for finding employment (not demanding at all, am I?).
What I want to know is if I should present my letter of admission now upon re-entry, or just wing it on my travel visa for the next two months and see what transpires work-wise. Should nothing concrete come up by July, my original visa will expire ... do I then leave the country, re-enter with my admissions letter (dated April) and hope they give me a visa to continue my studies?
Sorry, I know I'm asking a bunch of questions here that you may have answered before, or that may be too specific or too vague, but the information overload on this is driving me batty.