International students have the opportunity to work in Australia while studying. It can be a great way to experience the local culture and connect with the community.
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International students have the same workplace rights and protections as anyone else working in Australia.
Here’s what you need to know before starting to work in Australia:
- You must be paid at least the minimum wage
- You must pay tax on your income
- You must receive a payslip
- From 1 July 2023, you can work up to 48 hours every fortnight during term time (unless you are a PhD and master's by research student), and unlimited hours during your holiday breaks.
- If you were already working in the aged care sector on 9 May 2023, you can continue to work unrestricted hours in the aged care sector until 31 December 2023.
- Casual work means you don’t have a fixed number of hours every week.
International students can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for help if they’re having workplace issues, without fear of their visa being cancelled. This could be for issues such as not getting the right pay or other entitlements, like leave or notice.
Check out the video below to see how the Fair Work Ombudsman can help international students.
Download the work ready fact sheet to learn about your rights at work and help you prepare for working in Australia.
Case Study – Felipe’s story
Felipe shares his story about how the Fair Work Ombudsman helped increase his awareness of workplace rights, including busting a common workplace myth. Felipe’s story is based on a true story.
The video provides information to international students on their workplace rights and the assistance which the Fair Work Ombudsman can provide them.
Are your work rights at risk?
- International students have the same workplace rights and protections as anyone else working in Australia, but sometimes your work might not feel right.
- How do you know if your rights are at risk? How do you know if your rights are at risk? Download the warning signs flyer to learn about the warning signs of workplace exploitation.
- If you think you are not being treated fairly at work, talk to your boss or contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for help. There is free advice in multiple languages for anyone working in Australia. Phone - 13 13 94 Online - Fair Work Ombudsman
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