Double-digit growth in international student numbers is injecting many more potential workers into the Australian labour market. This increasing supply of students raises questions regarding the likelihood of growing exploitation of this worker cohort. The Victorian Government has invested in a suite of programs to build industry engagement with international students and is taking a leadership role in protecting student workers through the International Student Work Rights Legal Service. This service has opened almost 180 cases and recovered more than $200,000 for student workers. The Victorian Government, like other states, is extending its track record in providing career readiness for international students.
This e-poster presentation will be a case study of how governments, education providers, community legal centres and student associations can work in partnership to maintain working standards for students and improve the return on investment for students in building career readiness.
* Partnerships between government, education providers, states and importantly, those ‘outside the tent’, such as community legal centres, are critical to improving student work experiences.
* Empowering students and student associations is also critical.
* Growing student numbers has important effects on other parts of the economy, such as the labour market. What is our responsibility in the international education sector to respond to these shifts?
Key interest area: Employability (EMP)
Other key interest areas: Government (GOV),Students (STU)