Employee protection laws

Australia has a strong system of laws and regulations which protect the rights of all workers - including international students who work part-time.

Things you should know

All workers in Australia are covered by the following laws, even those on a temporary visa.

  • Tax File Number: You need a Tax File Number (TFN) to work in Australia. Apply at the Australian Taxation Office.
  • Superannuation: As a temporary resident working in Australia, your employer must, by law, make superannuation contributions for you if you are eligible. When leaving Australia, you may be able to get back your superannuation payment (DASP) if you meet the requirements. Find out more at the Australian Taxation Office.
  • Workers' Compensation: Australian law means your employer must have insurance which protects you in case you are hurt or get sick at work. If this happens, the insurance (called Workers' Compensation) may pay for your medical treatment or your wages until you can work again.

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