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We have advice and tools to help you in your language.

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We have information and services in over 30 languages to help you understand the rights of employees working in Australia and the obligations of growers.

You can read information and watch videos in your language on our Language help pages.

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You can read the information on our website in your language. Choose your language from the menu at the top of the page to translate the information. Translation is not available for some pages.

Translating & Interpreting Service

If you need to talk to someone, you can speak to us in your language. Call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. Tell the operator the language you speak and ask the operator to telephone us on 13 13 94.

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Workplace rights

All workers in Australia have workplace rights, including visa holders.

An employer can’t cancel an employee’s visa, even if it’s been breached. Only the Department of Home Affairs can grant, refuse or cancel visas.

An employer can’t fire an employee or cut their shifts - or punish them in other ways - because they made a complaint or asked questions about their work. An employee also can’t be fired for contacting us.

For workers: if you are experiencing workplace problems, go to our Getting help page.

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Protection for temporary visa holders

We encourage temporary visa holders to contact us if they need our help.

We've come to an agreement with the Department of Home Affairs that a person's temporary visa will not be cancelled if they:

  • had an entitlement to work as part of their visa,
  • believe they have been exploited at work,
  • have reported their circumstances to us, and
  • are actively assisting us in an investigation.

This applies as long as:

  • they commit to abiding by visa conditions in the future, and
  • there is no other basis for visa cancellation (such as on national security, character, health or fraud grounds).

For temporary visa holders who don't have work entitlements attached to their visa, the Department of Home Affairs will consider each case on its merits.

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Know the rules for working on a visa

If you employ a visa holder or have a visa, it’s important you know the visa rules. 

Some visas have rules about how many hours someone can work (for example, international students) or what job they can do (for example, a seasonal worker).

To check current visa details, visa holders can use the Department of Home Affairs’ Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) external-icon.png .

If you need more information about visas, contact the Department of Home Affairs external-icon.png .

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Pacific Labour Scheme & Seasonal Worker Programme

We have tailored information for employees under the Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Worker Programme. Learn about workplace rights and get access to our tools:

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Getting help

To learn about getting help from us, go to our Getting help page.

We have practical steps on how to fix an issue at work, including how to ask for our help. For guidance go to Help resolving workplace issues.

If you do have a workplace issue, you can call us or tell us about it via My account.

You can also contact us anonymously to help us keep workplaces fair. You can make an anonymous report to us in your language using our translated anonymous report form in multiple languages.

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