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Illegal workers caught in Griffith, Newcastle and Central Coast

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Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

25 October 2013

Illegal workers caught in Griffith, Newcastle and Central Coast

Arrangements continue for the removal of a group of illegal workers found in compliance operations in Griffith and around the NSW Central Coast, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said today.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection compliance teams recently located nine illegal workers at residences in Griffith and in the neighbouring township of Leeton.

Two of the men, a Malaysian and an Indian national, were located at two separate residences in Griffith and a further seven people (five men and two women) from Malaysia were located at a third residence in Leeton.

All nine were found to be unlawful non-citizens and they have been detained and transferred to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre (VIDC) in Sydney where arrangements are being made for their removal from Australia.

In addition, six people were located at business premises in Newcastle, Hamilton, Cessnock, Georgetown and Glendale, and at a residence in Beresfield. A Fijian man, an Indian man and Thai woman who were caught working illegally were detained and transferred to VIDC pending their removal from Australia. Another Fijian man, as well as a man from and the People’s Republic of China and a man from Thailand were granted bridging visas with strict reporting conditions.

“These operations were conducted in response to community information supplied to the department,” Senator Cash said. “Investigations into the circumstances of the employment of the illegal workers are continuing.

“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 on 1800 009 623.

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