All people working in Australia, including visa holders and migrant workers, are entitled to the same workplace rights. We want everybody to enjoy their time working in Australia, so understanding your rights is important. This article examines the rights backpackers on working holiday visas and migrant workers have when working on Australian soil.
After a long stint of closed borders, working holiday visa-holders have started to trickle back into Australia. And while we welcome tourists and backpackers back with open arms, the numbers of migrant workers right now are still significantly lower than prior to the pandemic.
In order to fill some of the void left by backpackers, the government has introduced the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (Palm) scheme to bring migrant workers from Pacific island countries to Australia. Unfortunately, this hasn’t come without its challenges and reports of poor working conditions and treatment have been common.
As a backpacker or migrant worker in Australia, i you’re injured at work, you may still be eligible to make a workers’ compensation claim. This applies to all migrant workers and helps to provide financial support if you have to take time off work, including to cover medical treatment and lost income. In some cases, you might be entitled to a lump sum.
You always have the right to see a doctor of your choice and do not have to see the doctor your employer recommends. Time limits for work injury claims vary depending on the state you are working in, so it’s important you report your injury to your employer and the workers’ compensation authority that covers you as soon as possible.
You can find out in minutes if you have a work injury claim with our online free claim check.
You also may be able to make a claim for superannuation insurance through your super fund.
Regardless of whether you’re a backpacker on a working holiday visa, a migrant worker, or an Australian citizen working full time in Australia – we all have the same workplace rights and it’s important to seek legal support if you ever feel like your rights are being exploited.
We have lawyers who specialise in a range of legal claims who travel to Australian Capital Territory. If you need a lawyer in Canberra or elsewhere in Australian Capital Territory, please call us on 1800 675 346.
We have lawyers who specialise in a range of legal claims who travel to Tasmania. If you need a lawyer in Hobart, Launceston or elsewhere in Tasmania, please call us on 1800 675 346.