The Exploitation of International Students Continues as a Lack of Knowledge on Australian Fair Work Regulations

Online proposal for News feature story - MECO6925 Online Journalism

International students working in Cafe.
International students in Australia work in Cafes (Supplied: PearsonPTE).

More international students are choosing to get a part-time job to reduce the stress from the cost-of-living crisis and rising inflation in Australia. However, employers offer international students wages that do not meet the national minimum wage. Many international students report that their part-time wages are still insufficient to keep up with rising Sydney prices and they get paid very little for every hour they work. Additionally, some international students mention that they are unaware of how to safeguard their work rights in Australia and were not informed about the Australian Government’s new regulations, which include the re-introduction of a 48-hour fortnightly work restriction on student visa holders from 1 July of this year.

Story topic and angle

Many surveys found that many international students continue to face exploitation and unfair treatment in the Australian workforce. One of the main factors contributing to this problem is the lack of knowledge among international students regarding their work rights and relevant regulations in Australia.

More than three-quarters of international students earn below the minimum casual wage.
More than three-quarters of international students earn below the minimum casual wage (SMH: Anna Patty).

The genre of this article will be a feature news story that examines the experiences of international students in the Australian workforce, the challenges they face, and the measures that can be taken to improve their working conditions and protect them from exploitation. Through interviews with international students, associations, and the Australian Fair Work Ombudsman this story will illustrate the seriousness of this social issue and highlight the need to raise awareness of local fair work regulations among international students.

Publication and Audience

This story will be published in the Insider Guides because it focuses on offering practical news and information for international students in Australia. Also, Also, this publication will be more easily reachable for non-specialist journalists

The target audience might have been highly educated and located in regional Australia, especially those interested in issues related to international students, labour rights, and immigration. This may include international students themselves, their families, associations, educators, policymakers etc.

Information source
  1. I plan to interview Professor Gaby Ramia (Email:, an expert in Policy and Society. He can provide valuable insights and knowledge about the social, political, and economic factors contributing to the unfair treatment of international students in Australia.
  2. Contacting the people at international student associations in Sydney to request support, information, and perspective related to this social issue.

    international student associations in Sydney
    international student associations in Sydney (From Instagram).
  3. Also, Check other news reports and see who they have spoken to, such as ABC News, SMH News. The survey findings from previous news stories in these major publications will provide basic evidence and sources of information for feature stories.
Online Delivery
  • Contains hyperlinks to Twitter Post – Which has strong opinions on this issue.

    The Monash University Law Review (From Twitter).
  • Insert a YouTube Video of How minimum wages work by the FairWorkGovau.

  • Two Medium Close-Up Photos of international students doing part-time jobs in Australia.
  • Add indexing practices, keywords, and polls to improve news interactivity.

    Add a Poll at the end of the story


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1 Comment

  1. Hi Quinby,

    Great work so far! Your topic choice is highly relevant for international students seeking work in Australia. However, there are some areas where your proposal can be improved.

    Firstly, the publication you selected may not have a wide readership among international students. Therefore, it may not reach as many people as you would like. Consider publishing in more widely read publications.

    Furthermore, your proposal does not mention conducting interviews with international students, which could provide valuable insights for the article. Starting the article with the challenges and experiences of international students during their part-time jobs, along with their honest feelings, could make it more engaging.

    Lastly, adding information on where international students can seek assistance would be beneficial.

    Overall, your proposal has potential, and with these improvements, it could become an excellent feature on the challenges faced by international students in the Australian workforce.

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