New taskforce underway to combat exploitation of foreign workers in Australia

by mfafadmin on June 4, 2015

in Australia, General Information

A new dedicated taskforce to reinforce existing action to tackle allegations of fraud and worker exploitation involving temporary visa holders in Australia has commenced work.

Taskforce Cadena, led by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Fair Work Ombudsman will work with relevant agencies including the AFP, ASIC, ATO, and state and territory agencies as required, to ensure incidents of exploitation and visa fraud are appropriately investigated.

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Foreigners working in Australia who feel they are being exploited can contact the DIBP and Fair Work Ombudsman

Foreigners working in Australia who feel they are being exploited can contact any of these agencies to seek advice and also ask for their situation to be investigated.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, and from 01 July the Australian Border Force, will form the nucleus of the taskforce and look to partner with FWO across their 23 locations nationally to respond quickly to metropolitan and regional locations where exploitation and visa non-compliance are suspected to occur.

‘The taskforce’s work will be informed by a newly commissioned comprehensive intelligence assessment. Operations will refocus all agencies on gathering intelligence and ensuring that the law is enforced across the full spectrum of state and territory laws,’ Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash.

‘Taskforce Cadena’s important work will reinforce existing efforts to stamp out illegal practices involving foreign workers, particularly in the labour hire industry,’ she added.

She pointed out that labour hire companies, like all Australian employers, are legally required to treat and remunerate all of their employees, including foreign visa holders, with work rights in accordance with Australian workplace law.

Taskforce Cadena is part of a new visa enforcement strategy which will be mounted by the Australian Border Force, an initiative of the Coalition Government that will start at the beginning of July.

‘While the taskforce is in its early set-up phases, member agencies are already looking into several allegations of labour hire contractors who may be seeking to exploit non-citizens. Both employers and contractors should be aware that this taskforce will be examining their operations to ensure they are doing the right thing,’ Cash explained.

‘The Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Fair Work Ombudsman are active in ongoing compliance campaigns to ensure that temporary visa holders are being paid in accordance with Australian pay and conditions. This taskforce will greatly complement those existing efforts,’ she pointed out.

‘Organised criminal networks and unscrupulous labour hire contractors seeking to profit by exploiting both illegal and legitimate workers and the taxpayer should be under no illusion; Taskforce Cadena is targeting you,’ she added.

 

 

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