Wage Theft in Australia: Findings of the National Temporary Migrant Work Survey

56 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2018

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Laurie Berg

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Bassina Farbenblum

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: November 13, 2017

Abstract

The National Temporary Migrant Work Survey is the most comprehensive study of wage theft and working conditions among international students, backpackers and other temporary migrants in Australia. The survey draws on responses from 4,322 temporary migrants across 107 nationalities of every region in the world, working in a range of jobs in all states and territories. Its unprecedented scope indicates the breadth, depth and complexity of non-compliance with Australian labour law.

Keywords: Migrant worker; wage theft; underpayment; exploitation; international students; Working Holiday Makers; backpackers; Australia

JEL Classification: K42, K37, K31

Suggested Citation

Berg, Laurie and Farbenblum, Bassina, Wage Theft in Australia: Findings of the National Temporary Migrant Work Survey (November 13, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3140071 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3140071

Laurie Berg (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Bassina Farbenblum

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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