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The best way to prevent your rights being exploited at work is to join a union.
Together with your workmates, you can learn your workplace rights and identify when someone is trying to rip you off!

We've created a series of fact pages here that you can refer to when something doesn't seem right, or pass the links around when someone else needs help. But remember, this list isn't exhaustive - they're just a guide. For more information or information for your specific situation, contact the Young Workers Centre.

For information in languages other than English, click here.

Learn about The National Employment Standards (NES), what to do about wage theft and more.
Learn about your occupational health and safety rights at work. Including bullying, safety training and sick days.
Information for Hospitality, Retail, Fast Food, Call Centre, and Gig Workers. Plus Apprentices and Interns.
Each year, the Young Workers Centre produces a number of publications based on research we conduct into the problems and issues facing young people at work. Our research is free to use, although we always love seeing it in action - remember to cite it correctly! July 2024 Aged-based wages: Ending Junior rates in Australia November 2023 Submission to Inquiry: Employers and contractors who refuse to pay their subcontractors for completed works June 2023 Franchise survey report September 2022 McKell Institute's report, 'Working, learning: Better supporting Victorian apprentices on the job' December 2020 Victorian Government Youth Strategy Submission October 2020 Supplementary Submission to the On-Demand Inquiry's Recommendations Submission to the On-Demand Inquiry's Recommendations July 2020 Young Workers Centre inc. Annual Report 2019 - 2020 Submission to the Skills for Victoria's Growing Economy Review October 2019 Submission to the discussion paper on Improving Protections of Employees' Wages and Entitlements: Strengthening Penalties for Non-Compliance July 2019 Young Workers Centre inc. Annual Report 2018 - 19 November 2018 Franchise workers OHS Snapshot October 2018 Young Workers Centre inc. Annual Report 2017 - 18 June 2018 Submission to the inquiry into the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia May 2018 Briefing: Criminalising Wage Theft February 2018 Submission by the Young Workers Centre to the Senate Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers January 2018 Young Workers Snapshot: On-Demand Food Delivery Riders (in partnership with the Transport Workers Union) December 2017 Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Career Advice Activity in Schools November 2017 Young Workers Centre inc. Annual Report 2016 - 17 (full) August 2017 Submission by the Young Workers Centre to the Parliamentary Inquiry into School to Work Transitions May 2017 Submission by the Young Workers Centre to the Victorian State Government Inquiry into Penalty Rates...
A list of other resources and organisations that can help you with legal matters.
We can arrange interpreters to bridge any language barriers. We have assisted workers whose primary language was: Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese, Spanish, Hindi, Dari, French, Dutch, Dinka, Cantonese, Cambodian, Burmese, Bosnian, Bengali, Belgian, Bangla, Albanian, Afrikaans, Urdu, Ukrainian, Turkish, Tigrinya, Telugu, Tamil, Swedish, Somali, Slovak, Sinhalese, Serbian, Punjabi, Portugese, Polish, Persian, Nuer, German, Filipino, Nepali, Marathi, Maltese, Malayam, Macedonian, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Indonesian, Hazaraghi, Gujurati and Greek.