As an international student, you have the same rights as domestic students to be protected from discrimination and sexual harassment. It is unlawful for an education provider to treat you unfairly because of your:
- association with a child
- caring responsibilities
- gender identity
- marital or domestic partnership status
- intersex status
- religious appearance or dress (in work or study)
- sexual orientation
- spouse or partner's identity.
You can complain to the Equal Opportunity Commission if you are discriminated against in South Australia by an education provider, trader or employer.
If you have a problem, making a complaint to the Equal Opportunity Commission is not the only thing you can do. Schools, colleges and universities generally have processes that you can also use to resolve the problem. It is worth trying these first, as you might not need to put in a formal complaint.
If you are discriminated against in a shop or service, it is worth complaining directly to the trader. If you speak or write to the manager, they can sometimes resolve matters. You can also contact us to discuss your particular situation.
There are many sources of help and advice for international students. Some examples are the Young Workers Legal Service (for issues that arise in employment), school and university counselling services and student unions, and Shine SA (sexual health).
- Australian Human Rights Commission (Principles to promote and protect the human rights of international students)
- Department of Immigration
South Australian links
- Migrant Resource Centre
- Multicultural Youth SA
- Young Workers Legal Service
- Office of the Training Advocate
- Australian Federation of International Students – SA branch
- Study Adelaide
- International Student Programs in SA
Universities & TAFE
- University of Adelaide – International Students
- Flinders University – International Students
- University of South Australia – UniSA International
- TAFE South Australia - International