Illegal worker net tightens in NSW

Senator Michaelia Cash

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women


Wednesday, 06 November 2013

An Immigration compliance sweep of farms in western Sydney has located eight more illegal workers overnight, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said today.

‘It brings to 32 the number of illegal workers and visa overstayers located in NSW and Victoria this past fortnight,’ Senator Cash said.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) teams yesterday detained six men and two women in Badgerys Creek, Kemps Creek, West Hoxton Park and Austral.

They comprised four Chinese, two South Koreans and two Thais. Three of the Chinese unlawful non-citizens were found to have entered Australia on South Korean passports. Investigations into the circumstances of the illegal workers’ employment are continuing.

Senator Cash said all eight were detained and transferred to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre (VIDC) pending arrangements for their removal from Australia.

This latest successful compliance operation follows the detention of seven suspected illegal farm workers in Swan Hill, Victoria, on October 29, along with two other foreign nationals who were granted bridging visas to make their own arrangements to depart.

‘Information received from the public played an important part in these locations, as it has in recent compliance operations,’ Senator Cash said.

On October 24 in NSW, 15 illegal workers and visa overstayers were located in Griffith and around the NSW Central Coast.

Senator Cash said employers should be aware it is a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly allow a person to work illegally or to refer an illegal worker for work.

The visa entitlement verification online (VEVO) service is available to employers to check the details of prospective employees, with their consent, to quickly confirm if they are eligible to work in Australia.

Employers convicted under Commonwealth legislation for employing illegal workers face fines of up to $20 400 and two years’ imprisonment while companies face fines of up to $102 000 per illegal worker. People with information about illegal workers or visa overstayers can call the Immigration Dob-In Line.


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