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Know Your Rights At Work For International Students

International students face significant challenges when navigating the workplace. They can be vulnerable to wage theft and other forms of exploitation, including unsafe working conditions, lack of breaks, and sham contracting.

Risk factors include language barriers, social isolation, limited or no support networks, and lack of awareness and trust in free and confidential support services.

The Know Your Rights at Work for International Students Project addresses these risk factors by directly increasing awareness of workplace rights among international student communities, building capacity in student communities to respond to exploitation and conducting outreach activities to improve access to support services.

The Know your Rights at Work for International Students project is funded by Study Melbourne.

The Migrant Workers Centre can help you understand your rights while working in Australia, and give you one-on-one support and assistance if you are experiencing an issue at work. Click here to make an appointment with us if you are having issues at work or have questions about your rights, or have a look at our events page for upcoming "Know your Rights at Work" information session. All our services are always 100% free and confidential.

There are so many ways to join our Centre and build experience volunteering in Australia. If you care about helping other International Students like you to understand their rights at work, we would love to hear from you! You can join one of the projects below, or start your own.

Click here to sign up, or email Naiyu Wang, Community Organiser, to find out more: [email protected]

If you are a leader or an active member of an International Student organisation (like clubs and societies), we want to help you to support members of your community. You are often the first point of contact for students with questions or issues, so we want to make sure you have everything you need to do that important job. You can participate in this project by:

  • Attending a capacity-building workshop on how to identify and respond to labour exploitation of International Students.
  • Joining our Project Committee, made up of other student leaders, and take a leadership role in fighting the exploitation of International Students. You can find out more here, and join by filling out this form.
  • Hosting a "Know your Rights at Work" session for members of your community.
  • Letting us know if you have upcoming events or initiatives that we can support in any way.

Get in touch with us by calling or emailing Naiyu Wang, Community Organiser ([email protected], 0413 705 093)



Join us!

If you are a passionate International Student, join our volunteering program today and unlock your full potential. Together, we can create a space where your skills and passions flourish, and where you can make a difference in the world around you.

Click here to sign up, or email Naiyu Wang, Community Organiser, to find out more: [email protected]



Sign up and help create a fairer society for migrant workers and temporary visa holders.