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
  • Sydney: Redfern Legal Centre International Students Legal Advice Service -
  • 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.
  • Victoria: Consumer Affairs Victoria- provides information for international students about renting in Victoria, and general consumer rights:
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission - ensures that individuals and businesses comply with Australian Competition, fair trading, and consumer protection laws:
  • Australian Human Rights Commission - promotes and protects human rights in Australia, including rights against sexual discrimination and harassment:

Organisations representing international students:

  • Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) - unites international students in Victoria and addresses their interests and needs:
  • 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:

Organisations representing education providers:

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

Other Ombudsman services