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Your Workplace Rights

Australian employers must ensure that the Working Holiday participants they employ receive the same pay and conditions as Australian citizens and permanent residents. All workers in Australia including foreign workers are entitled to basic rights and protections in the work place.

Be careful when accepting job offers, research before parting with money, be aware of your workplace rights so as not to be exploited, and report any irregularities to the Australian authorities. 

If you think you have been treated unfairly, exploited, need assistance resolving a workplace issue, or have an query about pay deductions or the minimum wage, you can visit the Fair Work Ombudsman or call them for further information and advice: www.fairwork.gov.au or Info phone number 13 13 94.

Australian Workplace Rights

  • National minimum wage and casuals pay
  • Hours of work and break       
  • Make sure you record the name of the business you work for and its Australian Business Number (ABN). Australian Business Registration search
  • You should get a Fair Work Information Statement when you start a new job.
  • Keep your own records of hours worked and wages received (to use as evidence in case of a dispute).
  • Ask for offers of employment and conditions of employment in writing.
  • You are entitled to receive a pay slip within one day of being paid.
  • Generally, other than tax, an employer cannot deduct any money from your wages unless the deduction is  for your benefit, and you agree to it in writing
  • Paid internships
  • More information

Australian Workplace Culture


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