Getting a work while staying in Australia is important to support your study and living expenses. Work, that too in foreign land helps you to be independent and confident. Before you start job hunting, you should know about working conditions of your visa. There are limitations on working hours international students have to comply to. You can get up to twenty hours a week to work while studying in Australia. Besides that being worker in Australia, you should also know about your basic rights including pay and working conditions in the workplace.
Workplace rights in Australia for international students
In Australia, You will not be subjected to any kind of discrimination at the workplace in terms of race, culture, gender, and nationality. It is completely illegal. Even your employer can’t treat you differently regard your pay compared to your co-worker. No one can discriminate you as long as you follow working conditions as mentioned in your visa.
You are entitled to get higher pay rates if you work overtime or during weekends. You will get 50-70% extra pay if you work during weekends or public holidays. On a normal day, you are paid 25% extra than permanent staff. Against morning and afternoon shifts, Night shifts provide you more pay. So before joining the job, have knowledge on pay rates.
If you fall sick you will not be fired from the job if you might be thinking so. As to paid or unpaid sick leave, it depends whether you are a full time or part time worker.
Those who work in cafes and hotels, your employer usually say ‘go home’ means you are not working more on this shift if it is quiet. It is another ‘Not Okay’ at work. You should start and finish your shift at the rostered time no matter how busy or quiet it is unless your employer says otherwise.
You can contact Fair Work Ombudsman if you are not getting fair pay or for some other consultation from them. The fair Ombudsman provides free service to all working in Australia.