Useful links for international students

General information about living and studying in Australia

The legal framework for international students in Australia

Protecting your human, legal and consumer rights

  • Fair Work Ombudsman - takes complaints about work rights and breaches of workplace laws www.fairwork.gov.au/
  • Sydney: Redfern Legal Centre International Students Legal Advice Service - http://rlc.org.au/our-services/international-students
  • Queensland: Caxton Legal Centre inc. - runs a consumer law service. You can get advice about debts, consumer credit or problems with service providers including your education service provider. https://caxton.org.au/index.html
  • Victoria: Consumer Affairs Victoria- provides information for international students about renting in Victoria, and general consumer rights: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/internationalstudents
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission - ensures that individuals and businesses comply with Australian Competition, fair trading, and consumer protection laws:  www.accc.gov.au
  • Australian Human Rights Commission - promotes and protects human rights in Australia, including rights against sexual discrimination and harassment: www.humanrights.gov.au

Organisations representing international students:

  • Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) - unites international students in Victoria and addresses their interests and needs: www.afis.org.au
  • Council for International Students Australia (CISA) - the national peak student representative body for international students studying at postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation levels: www.cisa.edu.au

Organisations representing education providers:

  • The Australian Council of Private Education and Training - represents quality private education providers in Australia across all education sectors: www.acpet.edu.au
  • English Australia is the national peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia: www.englishaustralia.com.au

Other Ombudsman services