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International students have the same workplace rights

21 Sep 2020

International students have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia, including minimum wages, based on the work they do. From 1 July 2020, employees who are 21 years or over and not covered by an award or agreement, the new national minimum wage is $19.84 per hour or $24.80 for casual employees.

Most employees are covered by an award. This financial year, increases to award pay rates start on 3 different dates for different groups of awards. The Fair Work Ombudsman has a Find My Award tool to help people find which award applies to their work.

Employees are also entitled to receive a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement from their employer before, or as soon as possible after, they start a new job. The Fair Work Information Statement is a document that provides new employees with information about their employment conditions.

To familiarise international students with Australia’s workplace laws, we encourage you to include a copy of the Fair Work Information Statements in information packs for students.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is Australia’s workplace regulator and can help students to understand their rights and entitlements in the workplace, and resolve workplace issues, including if their work has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

International students with workplace issues are encouraged to contact the Fair Work Ombudsman at www.fairwork.gov.au/register, or call 13 13 94. You can also help students access information in different languages at www.fairwork.gov.au/languages.