Unfair and unpaid internships are a growing problem in Australia - our research shows that 87% of internships are unpaid and 60% are illegal.
Internships are increasingly replacing entry level jobs that young people need to get a foot in the door. The problem is that often the only way people can do unpaid internships is if they have families who can afford to support them while they work for free.
The more unpaid internships there are, the less diverse and inclusive our workplaces are, because only those who can afford it, can work for free.
Internships should be paid – many people can’t afford to work for free
Internships should provide quality training, skills development and mentoring
Interns should be protected from exploitation, discrimination and bullying or other unfair treatment
Interns should be recognised in official employment statistics