The rights of international students at work

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.

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

  • You can work up to 40 hours every two weeks during term time (unless you are a PhD student), and unlimited hours during your holiday breaks

  • Casual work means you don’t have a fixed number of hours every week.

​Download the work ready fact sheet​ to learn about your rights at work and help you prepare for working in Australia.

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 this 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 - www.fairwork.gov.au


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