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Currently, nearly 10 international students in Australia will work part-time apart from their studies. These inexperienced students can easily become the target of exploitation by black-hearted employers in foreign countries. If you plan to go out to work, it is necessary to learn about Australia's employment regulations and understand how to protect your rights in case of labor disputes.

Natalie James, a spokesperson for the Fair Work Ombudsman, a government agency that specializes in handling labor disputes, said that in the nine months from July last year to March this year, 7 international students approached the office for help . In Australia, industries that employ more foreign students include tourism and catering, cleaning, convenience stores, and supermarket shopping cart collection.


As long as you work in Australia, anyone will be covered by the National Employment Standards (NES).

The core content of this employment standard is 10 minimum workplace rights:

1. Full-time employees work a maximum of 38 hours per standard work week, plus "reasonable" extra time;

2. Employees have the right to request flexible work arrangements;

3. Parental leave and adoption leave (without pay) for 12 months, after which the right to request an additional 12 months of leave;

4. 4 weeks of paid annual leave per year (calculated in proportion to working hours. For example, if you work full-time, you can enjoy four weeks of paid annual leave; if you work three days a week, the paid annual leave is calculated at 60% of four weeks);

5. 10 days paid personal leave/caregiver leave per year (calculated on a proportional basis);

6. Jury service or participation in community service leave for certain emergencies or natural disasters. This leave is unpaid except for jury service;

7. Long-term service leave;

8. The right to pay overtime on public holidays and public holidays;

9. Notice of termination of employment and severance payment;

10. New employees have the right to receive the "Fair Work Data Sheet".

In addition, the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman will go to communities, schools, and industries where foreign students work more frequently to promote the rights of the employed. Since last month, the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman has also posted on Facebook and Twitter, calling on international students to learn about their rights.


On the official website of the Australian Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman, there are important materials you need to know about working in Australia, which have been translated into 27 languages. You can click on the Chinese website of the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman for more relevant information.

Article reprinted from China Australia International


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