International Students and Wage Theft in Australia

International Students and Wage Theft in Australia Report.

The report draws on the Information for Impact survey of over 5,000 international students in Australia, supported by StudyNSW. It reveals that the majority are experiencing serious wage theft. Key findings include:

  • Three in four international students earned below the minimum casual wage.
  • One in three university Bachelor students earned less than half the minimum casual wage.
  • The overwhelming majority of students who were underpaid knew the minimum wage, but most believed they were at fault for the underpayment and had broken the law by accepting below minimum wages.

The report recommends improved labour enforcement and visa protections for international students, as well as improved service provision to address exploitation.

To view report, click here. 

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