Are you thinking of getting a job while you’re studying in Australia? The Fair Work Ombudsman wants you to know that all people working in Australia, including international students, have the same rights and protections at work.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is a government agency that provides free and confidential advice about your rights at work. It can also provide assistance if you have a dispute about your entitlements.

Your rights at work

In Australia, you have the right to a minimum wage, to be paid for all hours you work, and to 10 basic entitlements provided under the National Employment Standards.
The National Employment Standards (NES) include:

  • Maximum weekly hours
  • Annual leave
  • Personal/carers leave and compassionate leave
  • Public holidays
  • Notice of termination and redundancy pay
  • Fair Work Information Statement

To find out more about the NES, you can visit the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.

Information in your language

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website can be translated into 40 different languages, and will recognise your browser settings to automatically translate the content into your preferred language.
It also has downloadable resources and videos available in 30 different languages.

Contact the Fair Work Ombudsman

To learn more about your rights at work or to seek assistance about an issue in your workplace, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website at and register for My Account today. If you know a workplace that isn’t doing the right thing, but don’t want to get involved or disclose your identity, you can tell the Fair Work Ombudsman anonymously about the issue in your language.