Jessica’s Story

International students have the same workplace rights as all workers in Australia. If you are having issues at work the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is available to give you free help. Importantly, you can seek the FWO’s assistance without fear of your visa being cancelled. Read Jessica’s story to find out how the FWO can…

Get help with your pay without worrying about your visa

All workers, including international students, are entitled to Australia’s minimum pay and entitlements. If you are not paid your minimum wages you may have to work more hours than your visa allows to earn the money you need. We all know some employers threaten to report your visa breach to the Department of Immigration and…

Be aware: Work exploitation of international students

Are you aware of Australia’s minimum pay rates? The Fair Work Ombudsman help employees and employer understand and follow Australian workplace laws. They also help employees resolve workplace issues. The recent story on their News and Media releases praised the resilience of an international student, who gave evidence to the Fair Work Ombudsman and stood…

Leadership opportunity: Victorian Government peer-to-peer support program

Meld Community/Meld Magazine is pleased to be working with the Victorian Government to facilitate conversations with international students in Victoria about their work rights and empower them to take a stand against work exploitation. They are looking for 30 passionate international student ambassadors interested to lead a ‘Work Right’ peer-to-peer support program to improve the…

Are you aware of your workplace rights?

Like many international students, you may get a part-time or casual job while you study in Australia if your visa allows. It is important to know your rights in the workplace. The Fair Work Ombudsman has developed a fact sheet to help international students understand their basic workplace rights, where to obtain information, and how…