Working for Change - International Students

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RLC undertook research that revealed that international students are a highly vulnerable group of people who have very little support in Australia both in terms of family and social networks but also in terms of services available to them.

As a result of this information we launched a state wide generalist advice service for international students in NSW. Students can receive advice face-to-face, by phone or via video link-up.

International students are separated from their social support systems, often have limited understanding of the Australian legal system and in some cases limited English skills. These factors mean that international students are vulnerable to exploitation. Many of our clients have been exploited by their employers, who take advantage of their lack of knowledge about minimum wage and working conditions in Australia. Another common issue is housing scams and overcrowding.

RLC has created this specific service to fill a gap in service delivery for a highly vulnerable group who were not able to acess the justice system previously.

International students in crisis amid COVID-19
09 April 2020 On 31 March, Redfern Legal Centre (RLC) wrote to key federal, state and local government representatives in relation to the significant impact COVID-19 is having on Australia’s international student community.
Check-In for legal advice: RLC announces new web app for international students
28 October 2019 Now there's a new way international students can access RLC's International Student Legal Service NSW.
Fair Work audits businesses suspected of underpaying student workers
03 June 2019 On 31 May 2019, Fair Work Inspectors completed surprise audits of around 80 businesses in the university suburbs of Geelong, following intelligence that employers in the area were at risk of breaching workplace laws. 
RLC in the Media: My Legal Mate on ABC Breakfast
26 April 2019 RLC solicitor Sean Stimson talks with Josh Szeps on ABC Breakfast about RLC's statewide legal service for international students and the development of a new moble app to assist international students with legal problems.
RLC in the Media: New legal advice app launched for NSW international students
25 April 2019 A new legal advice app, My Legal Mate, has been launched for international students in NSW. Study International Staff reports for Study International News.
Sexual harassment at work: Claire's story
10 April 2019 Claire is an international student at an Australian university. After arriving to begin her studies, Claire started working as a waitress to assist with the cost of studying. 
Australia Institute of Business and Technology students
08 March 2019 Important information for AIBT international students.
RLC in Hansard: Modern Slavery Bill 2018
12 September 2018 12 September 2018 – Mr Chris Hayes MP (Fowler—Chief Opposition Whip) outlined his support for the Modern Slavery Bill 2018, citing RLC's submission to the 2017 Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.
Your Body, Your Choice: New multi-language student resource about sexual assault
07 August 2018 Redfern Legal Centre's International Student Legal Service NSW has partnered with City of Sydney and Study NSW on a new education resource about sexual assault, ...
RLC in the Media: Safeguarding international students at work
12 May 2017 Sean Stimson speaks to The PIE Review (UK) on behalf of Redfern Legal Centre, as part of a feature article on student exploitation in Australian and New Zealand workplaces.  Article by Anton Crace. Published December 2016.