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All employees, including overseas students working part-time on a student visa, are protected by Australia's workplace rules and regulations.


These laws are in place to guarantee that you:


  • are paid at least the minimum wage and have access to superannuation; 

  • are protected from unjust dismissal; 

  • have access to leave, breaks, and rest periods;

  • and work in a safe and healthy workplace.


Learn more about the Australian Government's Fair Work Ombudsman and how he can assist you safeguard your rights.


Things to be aware of


The following rules apply to all employees in Australia, including those on temporary visas.


Tax File Number (TFN): To work in Australia, you must have a Tax File Number (TFN). Submit an application to the Australian Taxation Office.


Superannuation: If you are a temporary resident working in Australia, your employer is required by law to contribute to your superannuation fund if you are qualified. If you satisfy the conditions, you may be eligible to obtain your superannuation payment (DASP) returned when you leave Australia. The Australian Taxation Office has further information.


Workers' Compensation: Under Australian law, your employer is required to carry insurance that covers you if you are injured or become ill at work. If this occurs, workers' compensation insurance may pay for your medical care and earnings until you are able to return to work.

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