Starting a job or tenancy? Don’t surrender your passport!

A reminder to all students, and especially international students, that no one should ask to hold on to your original passport when you start a job or tenancy. In Australia, holding a person’s passport while they work for you or live in your property is illegal.

Employers who take passports often want to force students to work under the minimum wage.

If a person is demanding to hold on to your passport, there is a strong chance the work or living situation is not legitimate.

If you think you may be affected by something like this, contact us for free, confidential advice.