Employers of foreign workers are being warned to check their workers visas as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection started crack down on illegal workers in Bundaberg this week.
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash recently issued details of the crack down, reminding employers and foreign workers of the consequences of any illegal working arrangements;
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said officers from her Department located and detained eight people working illegally following visits to a range of commercial and residential properties.
'While some of these people had no visa, others were working in breach of their visa conditions and all of them have been transferred to detention facilities pending their removal from Australia,' Minister Cash said.
The group included two men and a woman from Korea, a woman and two men from Thailand, one male Malaysian national and one Indian man.
'Employers and contractors must be more vigilant about ensuring their overseas workers have valid visas and are working legally. An easy web check using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online tool on the Department's website is all it takes,' Minister Cash said.
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.
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