An employment rights legal centre which operates out of Victoria and provides assistance to Victorian, Queensland and Tasmanian workers about their rights at work.
Some of our functions include:
A free and confidential telephone information and referral service for Victorian, Queensland and Tasmanian workers.
Community legal education, including training, seminars and the production of a variety of publications on employment law and workers’ rights.
Representation and assistance for disadvantaged workers through a legal casework practice.
Campaign and law reform activity with a view to promoting workplace justice and equity for all workers.
JobWatch is an independent, not-for-profit Employment Rights Community Legal Centre funded
by the Victorian and Federal Governments, Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman and Victoria Legal Aid.
JobWatch acknowledges and is grateful for their financial support. We are also grateful for the financial
assistance of the Collier Charitable Fund and Victoria Law Foundation.
JobWatch acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we are located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors, and Elders, past, present and emerging.
Zana Bytheway Executive Director JobWatch Inc
Employment Law Project Assisting Working Holiday Makers (417 and 462 visa holders) in Victoria
Are you on a 417 or a 462 visa? Do you have questions about your employment in Australia, or have you encountered problems with your employment in Victoria? If so, please call Jobwatch’s Telephone Information Service on 1800 331 617 (if you are in country Victoria) or (03) 9662 1933 (if you are in Melbourne) and inform your telephone Advisor that you are a working holiday maker. JobWatch will endeavour to answer your query immediately, or else get in contact with you within 24 hours to book you in for an appointment.
If you are working in rural Victoria, perhaps undertaking your 88 days of regional work, you may wish to contact GVCLC or BCLS directly. GVCLC is located in Shepparton and provides legal services to the greater Goulburn region, including places such as Echuca and the Victorian High Country. BCLS is located in Geelong, and provides legal services to the greater Barwon region, including Colac Ottway and the Surf Coast.
If you are not sure, by calling the JobWatch Telephone Information Service, we will be able to refer you directly if you happen to fall within either the GVCLC or BCLS catchment area.
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has produced the following resources to assist international students: Top 4 resources – Download Agreement with Department of Immigration and Border Protection – Download FWO’s In-language resource – Download Jessica’s story – Download About the FWO and handy tips- Download
Workplace rights and entitlements – Download Social Media Posts – Download Sandeep’s Story – Download
JobWatch is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of information it collects from callers to its Telephone Information Service (TIS).
This policy applies to all records, whether hard copy or electronic, containing personal information about individuals, and to all TIS discussions.
In the conduct of its operations, JobWatch intends to comply with the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic) and the 10 Information Privacy Principles which govern the collection, use, handling and disclosure of personal and sensitive information.
JobWatch endeavours to ensure that any concerns about privacy and confidentiality are dealt with speedily and effectively in the interests of the affected person.
If you have a concern regarding the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information, you can email your concern to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a response as soon as possible.
If you would like further information regarding privacy and confidentiality you can refer to the Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner or the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.