Bicultural Work Rights Ambassadors Program
The Bicultural Work Rights Ambassadors Program is run by the Migrant Workers Centre to train and support migrant leaders in Victoria to deliver education sessions on workplace rights and safety to their communities.
Applications for 2022 closed on 25/09. If you recently applied, we will be in touch with you soon.
We are holding an information session on Monday 12/09 at 12pm on Zoom. We will be going over the details of the program and the selection criteria, how you can share this with your networks, and answering your questions. Click the link to RSVP and get the Zoom link.
People born overseas and working in Australia are disproportionately likely to face exploitation at work due to factors such as a lack of familiarity with Australian workplace laws, language barriers and prohibitive visa conditions. Wage theft affects two in every three migrant workers, and one in every four will experience other forms of labour exploitation such as discrimination, sexual harassment, and unsafe work. Labour exploitation also has significant flow-on effects to health, wellbeing, and social and economic participation.
The program employs and trains active and trusted members of Victorian migrant communities to become Bicultural Work Rights Ambassadors, who are supported to deliver information sessions to their peers on workplace rights, occupational health and safety, and how to access culturally and linguistically appropriate support services.
The Migrant Workers Centre will deliver a 5-day training program for Ambassadors to learn the rights of workers in Australia including pay and other entitlements, discrimination and victimisation, occupational health and safety, workers' compensation, and how to deliver community-based training and build power in their communities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to submit a CV, resume, or cover letter?
No, there is no need for a CV, resume, or cover letter. All the information required is covered in the application form here.
When do application close?
Applications will close on Sunday 25/09/2022.
Who should apply?
This program is for permanent and temporary migrants who are active in their community. If you help organise events or bring people to them, or help members of your community to access information and services, you are who we are looking for!
Will Ambassadors be paid?
Yes, Bicultural Work Rights Ambassadors are casual workers. As a guide, remuneration is $44.24 per hour (inclusive of casual loading) plus 12% superannuation.
What is the time commitment? How much work is available?
Successful applicants will attend a paid 5-day training program. Training will take between 9am and 5pm and all successful applicants are required to attend.
After training, engagement will be irregular and not expected to exceed 7 hours in any given month. Ambassadors will plan, organise, and deliver community information sessions, each of which will take approximately one full day of work spread over multiple days.
We will work with each Ambassador to put together an ongoing engagement plan that suits their personal availability.
What is the selection process?
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend individual interviews through video conferencing.
Applicants may be asked to provide contact details of personal references in the community.
Where will training be held?
Depending on restrictions relating to COVID-19, training will be held online or at the Victorian Trades Hall Council in Carlton, Melbourne.