Navigating and negotiating your rights and responsibilities

As an international student, you have the same basic workplace rights and responsibilities as all other employees in Australia.

All employees in Australia have basic rights protected by law, which include:

  • How much you should be paid;
  • The conditions you should receive such as being able to take time off work;
  • How you should be treated at work.

These rights are protected under the Fair Work laws, which are the laws covering the rights and responsibilities of both the employee and the employer.

This video by the Fair Work Ombudsman helps to explain some of your rights as a worker in Australia. Keep in mind that your WIL activity may or may not be a paid.

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Helpful links

If you would like to know more about your workplace rights as an international student working in Australia, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman’s visa holders and migrants webpage.

Understanding Australian Workplace Cultures: Legislative and regulatory frameworks

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