Illegal Workers Found to Have Arrived in Australia on Tourist Visas

by Ray Clancy on March 27, 2015

in Australia, Australia Travel, General Information

A large number of people who are found to be working illegally in Australia have recently arrived in the country on tourist visas, officials have found.

The revelation comes as the Australian government’s crackdown on illegal workers is continuing with the latest batch found in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

OZtravelA total of 37 illegal workers and unlawful non-citizens from Malaysia were found by officers from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

‘Some have admitted to officers they came here to work and a large number had only recently arrived in Australia on tourist visas,’ said Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash.

‘They will all be removed from Australia as soon as practicable and those who employed them are now being investigated for possible breaches of our illegal worker sanctions,’ she added.

All of those detained have been moved into immigration detention facilities in Melbourne. One individual had previously absconded from detention in Adelaide.

‘This is a very good result and highlights the important work immigration compliance officers are doing to detect unlawful people and those working illegally in Australia,’ Cash said.

She also said it is a warning to people who are in Australia illegally and employers of illegal workers that the government is determined to crack down on their presence in Australia.

‘I congratulate my Department’s compliance officers, as their work contributes to reducing the number of jobs being wrongfully taken away from Australians or lawful foreign workers,’ she added.

She explained that the successful compliance operation provides further proof of the government’s commitment to enforcing compliance across migration programmes.

Cash added that it would take some time before a decision was made to prosecute any employers. Maximum penalties per illegal worker range from $3,060 for individuals and $15,300 for corporate bodies for infringements, up to $51 000 and/or five years imprisonment for individuals and $255,000 for corporate bodies for aggravated criminal offences.

‘We encourage employers to check visas and work rights through the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) tool. This is free of charge on the department’s website,’ Cash also pointed out.


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