Know your rights: 10 things to know about your Work Rights whilst on a Working Holiday in Australia

24 Jul 2017 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Although most people have a great experience in Australia on their Working Holiday, there are some employers who might take advantage of Working Holiday makers. Here are 10 things to know about your rights as a worker in Australia. 

1)      No one has the right to take your passport from you. 
 A hostel owner or manager does not have the right to take your passport from you even if you owe them money. An employer also does not have the right to revoke your visa. If they are asking you to do something you think is illegal or dangerous and they are threatening your visa status you must contact the authorities.
2)      Get everything in writing and in a contract.
If a hostel is promising you work upon arrival, request this in writing. If they are unwilling to provide this keep in mind they may be promising work in order to entice backpackers to fill beds/rooms.
3)      Harvest trail
Is a Government website and one of the best resources for information on where you can find second year visa work. It is a Government run website with detailed information on the harvest months for various produce.
4)      Be cautious when looking for work on Gumtree and Facebook.
There are some legitimate employers who will advertise here but remember that all Australian businesses have an ABN. You should ask employers for their ABN and then look it up here: http://abr.business.gov.au/
5)      All Australian employers must pay you at least the minimum wage.
If there is wage theft happening it should be reported http://www.fairwork.gov.au/. This website also contains information about what you should do in cases of harassment.
6)      Never pay money for a job
It is not lawful for you to be required to pay money to receive employment. If an employer is requesting this of you, they are not abiding by fair work laws.
7)      You are permitted to quit a casual job
You must adhere to the minimum resignation notice in your contract however you do not have to work with an employer. If they refuse to pay you, you need to contact the authorities or the fair work ombudsman.
8)      You should be given a contract
Read it carefully before signing and ensure that you are being paid at least minimum wage for your work.
9)      Employment termination
You have 21 days from the day you were sacked to lodge an application with the Fair Work Commission. Check the information at the Commission website to find out more information about the different dismissal laws.
10)   If you work on a contract, permanent or part time basis you are entitled to annual leave
This must be either taken or paid out at the end of your employment. 



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