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  • You have rights at work
  • What kind of employee are you?
  • Understand workplace agreements

If your visa allows you to work while you are in Australia, you have the right to good working conditions and at least the minimum wage.

Know your rights

The Fair Work Ombudsman website has information about your rights to pay, holidays and time off, other entitlements and what to expect when your job ends.

To find out what you can expect to be paid, look at the pay calculator on The Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Find out about Workplace rights for all visa holders working in Australia on the Department of Home Affairs website.

In Australia, you’re protected at work. Watch this short video to find out how. See more videos like this on the Fair Work Ombudsman YouTube channel.

Legal advice about work rights at the Study Melbourne Student Centre

The International Students Work Rights Legal Service offers free, confidential and independent legal advice for international students with work problems (excluding migration). A specialist employment lawyer is available at the Study Melbourne Student Centre every Wednesday and Thursday.  The Study Melbourne Student Centre is located at 17 Hardware Lane Melbourne.

For more information or to make an appointment email info@studymelbourne.vic.gov.au or call 1800 056 449 (free call from landlines)

Full time, part time or casual

Under Australian law, your rights are different depending on what type of worker you are.

Full time employees work about 38 hour a week. If you are a full time employee you also get annual leave and paid sick leave as well as a number of other entitlements.

Part time employees work less than 38 hours per week on average. If you are a part time employee you get the same benefits as a full time employee, at a rate in proportion to the amount of time you work. For example if you work one day per week, your leave entitlements are one fifth of the entitlements of someone who works five days per week.

Casual employees have no guaranteed hours of work. As a casual employee your employer does not have to give you work, or they can ask you to work at short notice. Casual employees do not get paid leave. Casual employees are entitled to casual loading - a higher hourly rate. This additional loading is to compensate for not getting leave entitlements.

Read about the different types of work on the Fairwork Ombudsman website.

Workplace agreements

A workplace agreement is a contract between an employer and their employees and sets out pay rates, working conditions and whether you are employed as a full-time, part-time or casual employee,

The agreement also defines whether you are working under a federal or state award and whether it is a collective or individual agreement. The agreement also states whether you can join a union.

Find out more about unions on the Unions Australia website.

Information in languages other than English

If you need an interpreter or translator, contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS). This service may require you to pay a fee.

The Fairwork Ombudsman website has information in 27 different languages to help you understand your rights when you are working in Australia.

Visit the language help page on the Fairwork Ombudsman website to find out more.