International Students Exploited

International Students and Wage Theft

International Students and Wage Theft in Australia reveals unacceptable levels of wage left and poor working conditions experienced by international students. Over 5,000 students were surveyed for the study co-authored by UTS Law Associate Professor Laurie Berg and UNSW Associate Professor Bassina Farbenblum, who co-direct the Migrant Worker Justice Initiative.

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.

Download a copy of the report here.

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