These empirical projects illuminate the exploitation of international students, backpackers, skilled temporary workers and other low-waged temporary migrants working in Australia. They create a new evidence basis for understanding why most migrants can’t or don’t recover unpaid wages through government agencies, courts and corporate programs, and how small numbers do. The data and recommendations from these projects provide new ways for government agencies, businesses, NGOs and unions to tackle these challenges.
These projects develop evidence-based frameworks for improved governance of migrant worker recruitment by states and business. They illuminate barriers to migrants’ access to remedy in countries of origin and employment and enable multi-stakeholder reforms.
Corporations are increasingly committing to remedy exploitation and forced labour within their business and supply chain. Focused on wage remedies, these projects examine efforts by businesses to compensate exploited migrant workers and establish principles to enable business to develop workable, just remedial mechanisms in the future.
This project charts the landscape of digital technology initiatives seeking to improve migrant worker protection and access to justice. It identifies opportunities for transformative digital solutions, the risks involved, and how civil society, business and states can develop effective, safe platforms.