Successful students – the role of a fair workplace

Ms Louise Peters1

1Director – Strategic Engagement and Stakeholder Relations Branch, Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman, GPO Box 9887, 3000 , Melbourne, Australia

The Fair Work Ombudsman is concerned by the deliberate exploitation of migrants and visa holders, particularly international students, in some Australian workplaces. We all know workplace exploitation stands in the way of the success of international students, affecting their experience of studying, living and working in Australia.

As the workplace regulator, reaching international students working in Australia and improving their employment experiences is a priority area for us. Engendering trust in the international student community and building compliant workplaces is the responsibility of everyone in the community. Fair workplaces are key to successful students and we rely on our stakeholders to help us make this a reality.

Increasing the FWO’s reach and impact in the international student community is critical to ensuring that international students know where to go for help. The development and implementation of our International Student Engagement Strategy has seen us address workplace exploitation by partnering with international students and those providing them with services and support in the community.

Building and maintaining productive relationships with stakeholders like ISANA and ANZSSA, who have a strong affiliation with international students, is vital to our work.

Join the FWO as we discuss the barriers international students face both at work and in seeking assistance in cases of workplace exploitation. We will outline how we are contributing to the success of international students – implementing a range of activities to raise students’ awareness of us and collaborating with international student stakeholders, working to enhance existing services for international students and building a culture of compliance in workplaces employing international students.


The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is an independent statutory office responsible for promoting harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations and ensuring compliance with Australia’s workplace laws. The FWO’s free services for employees and employers in Australian workplaces provide people with reliable and timely information about fair work practices, rights and obligations. It also works with stakeholders to build strong and effective relationships and promote compliant workplaces.

The FWO has implemented an International Student Engagement Strategy which aims to increase compliance in Australian workplaces employing international students. The FWO is raising international students’ awareness of the FWO and workplace rights, and building and maintaining productive relationships and active partnerships with key stakeholders.

Louise Peters is the Director of Community Engagement in the FWO’s Strategic Engagement and Stakeholder Relations Branch. She leads a team working to educate and engage with the international student community and deliver outcomes under the International Student Engagement Strategy which is a key priority for the FWO.


The Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Inc. (ANZSSA) is a professional association for people with an interest in the role of support services in post secondary education.

For more information, please visit ANZSSA website by


ISANA International Education Association is the representative body for professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in international student services, advocacy, teaching and policy development in international education.

For more information, please visit the ISANA website at

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