Date: 14 Sep 2018
Kiet came to Australia to study English, but is just as likely to be seen dashing from one of the bustling restaurants in Sydney’s Chinatown to another delivery.
Working as a food courier is a flexible job for the Malaysian student, but it could hardly be described as rewarding: long wait times between deliveries with a base pay he says starts at $6 per order means a full day’s work can net him less than $150 - below minimum wage.
“Sometimes I have to wait for one or two hours,” he tells SBS News, adding that at other times he was forced to take dangerous risks riding his bike on busy roads.
“I don’t have any insurance. So if something happens, I can’t make a claim. This job is really dangerous.”