Forty-three percent of international students earned less than AU$15 (US$12) an hour last year, and a quarter received less than half of the minimum wage, according to a survey called Wage Theft in Australia conducted by the National Temporary Migrant Work Survey.
Interestingly, the majority actually know they are being exploited. The study reveals that 73 percent of international students earning under the minimum wage are aware they are underpaid.
The question is: why do they do it?
“International students being illegally underpaid are unlikely to raise a fuss,” reasons Natasha Abrahams, president of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations, in an Op-Ed for The Australian.