Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

I’m working in Australia on a visa

If you are working in Australia including if you are a seasonal worker, international student, or are backpacking, you have rights and protections when at work.

Your rights when working in Australia on a visa 

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Is this for me?

  • I’m not an Australian citizen
  • I’m working in Australia on a visa

All people working in Australia, including migrant workers and foreigners who hold short-term working visas are entitled to the same basic rights and protections at work. To find out more about your rights and entitlements at work and to check your wages and conditions visit the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.

Your employer must ensure that they comply with both Australian workplace laws and immigration laws. You can find information about Australia’s immigration laws and check your visa working conditions on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Fair Work Ombudsman

Department of Home Affairs

Information if you’ve been injured at work

Safe Work Australia logo

Is this for me?

  • I’m not an Australian citizen
  • I’m working in Australia on a visa

In Australia, employers must look after the health and safety of all workers, including migrant workers and people who hold short-term working visas.

Safe Work Australia has information for migrant workers on work health and safety and workers’ compensation in Australia, including a checklist for new workers to use when starting a new job.

Safe Work Australia – Working safely in Australia

Protecting migrant workers

Is this for me?

  • I’m not an Australian citizen
  • I’m working in Australia on a visa

The Australian Government is commitment to protecting migrant workers. In 2016 the Government established the Migrant Workers Taskforce.

In March 2019 the taskforce released the Report of the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce which outlines 22 recommendations aimed at improving workplace protections for vulnerable migrant workers. The Government has accepted all 22 recommendations in principle.

Migrant Workers Taskforce

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