Australia’s Victoria state announced Wednesday the state government will provide free legal support to overseas students exploited by their employers, following reports that international student workers in Australia overwork and have been underpaid.
Steve Herbert, Minister for Training and Skills, visited the Study Melbourne Student Centre and announced more than AU$300,000 to strengthen international student welfare, including AU$150,000 towards free legal support to overseas students at the Centre, and AU$152,000 to strengthen international student welfare programs.
International education is Victoria’s largest export worth AU$5.3 billion a year. There are more than 150,000 overseas students studying in the state and supports 30,000 jobs.
“International students come to Melbourne to study and are a long way from home, family and friends. It’s crucial that we support these often vulnerable students to have a positive experience and avoid exploitation,” Mr Herbert said.