WAGE THEFT IN AUSTRALIA: FINDINGS OF THE NATIONAL TEMPORARY MIGRANT WORK SURVEY

On 21 November, 2017, Laurie Berg and Bassina Farbenblum released the report Wage Theft in Australia: Findings of the National Temporary Migrant Work Survey. The survey is the most comprehensive study of wage theft and working conditions among international students, backpackers and other temporary migrants in Australia. It draws on responses from 4,322 temporary migrants across 107 nationalities of every region in the world, working in a range of jobs in all states and territories. Its unprecedented scope indicates that Australia has a large silent underclass of migrant workers, primarily made up of international students and backpackers, who are paid well below the minimum wage in at least 12 main industries.


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Issues Paper: Temporary Migrant Workers in Australia

This Issues Paper, released by the UNSW Human Rights Clinic, is an overview of temporary migrant labour in Australia for a general audience. It addresses the situation of different categories of temporary migrants, explains the factors that make them vulnerable to mistreatment, and analyses the harms they encounter at work. It sets out relevant international and domestic laws in Australia and describes key institutional frameworks.


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migrant rights at work

This book by Laurie Berg, published by Routledge in 2016, is the first to explore the structural and legal drivers of temporary migrants’ precarious work in Australia. It uses detailed case studies of successive regulatory reforms in this country to explain how immigration law and enforcement reconfigure the relationships between migrant workers and employers, and produce uncertain and coercive working conditions.