Open letter to international students
Do you know that international students have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia?
My name is Natalie James, and I am the Fair Work Ombudsman. The Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman is a government agency that can provide free help to international students working in Australia.
You may have a part-time or casual job while you study in Australia. Depending on the job, most people should be paid at least $18.29/hour; and over $22.86/hour if you are a casual employee. You may be entitled to even more than this depending on the industry you work in, or if penalty rates apply to your shifts. If you need help checking your pay rate, or if you have concerns with your hours of work, please contact us or use our Pay Calculator.
I encourage you to visit our website www.fairwork.gov.au to get informed and, if you are unsure, seek our help. We have information about work entitlements in multiple languages. We also have an App called 'Record My Hours' for your smartphone that records your hours of work for you. It’s available for both Apple and Android phones.
If there's a problem with your pay or if other issues arise at your work, I encourage you to speak to us. Under an arrangement with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and my agency we can offer you some protections even if you're in breach of your visa conditions.
"International students have the same rights as all workers in Australia."
We help international students like you every day. So call our Infoline on 13 13 94 or call 13 14 50 for our Translating and Interpreting Service. If you have an issue at work but don't want to tell us who you are, you can tell us anonymously through our website in English or in one of 16 other languages.
Protections exist for all workers and you can't be paid below the minimum pay rates. Please seek our help if you think something doesn't seem right.
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