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You have rights as an international student in Australia through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act. It sets out the legal framework governing delivery of education to international students in Australia on a student visa.

The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) governs:

  • the registration process and obligations of registered international education providers
  • the Tuition Protection Service
  • enforcement and compliance arrangements.

The Overseas Student Ombudsman investigates complaints about problems that intending, current or former overseas students have with private schools, colleges and universities (education providers) in Australia.


Everyone working in Australia, including international students or those on working holiday visas, have basic rights at work. These rights protect entitlement to:

  • a minimum wage
  • challenge of unfair dismissal from the job
  • breaks and rest periods
  • a healthy and safe work environment.

Most employers in Australia are covered by an ‘award’, which sets minimum wages and conditions for a given field of work or industry. To find out more about your work rights go to the Australian Government's Fair Work website.

Fair Work Commission

The Fair Work Commission is the national workplace relations tribunal. It is an independent body with power to carry out a range of functions relating to:

  • the safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions
  • enterprise bargaining
  • industrial action
  • dispute resolution
  • termination of employment
  • monitoring of subclass 457 visa holder’s employment terms and conditions.

For more information go to the Fair Work Commission website.