Know Your Rights

Fair Work Ombudsman's Guidelines for
Vocational Placements, Unpaid Work Experience & Internships


When you participate in a work placement or internship through STUDYANDWORK, you can be assured that it is in compliance with Fair Work Ombudsman's guidelines for unpaid work which can include work trials, volunteer work, work experience and internships. It also includes a vocational placement as defined under the Fair Work Act 2009. Unpaid work is lawful if it is a genuine work experience, vocational placement or volunteering arrangement. STUDY AND WORK makes sure that the main benefit of our genuine work placement program flows to you, the person doing the placement.

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STUDY AND WORK was approached by Fair Work Ombudsman in mid-2010 to investigate whether our internship program is breaching any of the workplace laws. After auditing our placement process thoroughly and considering the fact that there were no concerns/complaints lodged with Fair work Ombudsman against STUDY AND WORK, on 29 June 2012, Fair Work Ombudsman announced that STUDY AND WORK is meeting its obligations under the Commonwealth workplace laws and no further action would be taken. This is a proof that we operate with professionalism and integrity and we are fully compliant. We always put the welfare of interns as the first priority.

Fair Work Ombudsman's guide to starting a new job


Starting a new job as a young jobseeker or a recent skilled migrant to Australia can be an exciting time. Although every workplace is different, there are some rights and responsibilities that apply to all employees and employers. Know your rights and responsibilities before you start work, so you can focus on settling into your new job.

Click here to download a copy of Fair Work Ombudsman's guide to starting a new job.

This guide provides the information you need to know and links to further information. You can also access Fair Work Ombudsman's 'Starting a new job' online learning course at

Work visa scams


On 14 December 2015 new legislation was introduced addressing payment for visas activity through criminal, civil and administrative sanctions, and visa cancellation powers. Asking for, receiving, offering or providing a benefit in return for visa sponsorship or related employment is illegal. The payment for visas legislation applies to a range of temporary sponsored and permanent skilled employer nominated visas. It is unacceptable for sponsors, nominators, employers or third parties to make a personal gain through a payment for visa arrangement. 

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