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Tuesday, 22 May 2001
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Mr Sciacca asked the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 5 April 2001:

(1) How many employers have been issued with warnings by his Department since the introduction of the new warning scheme for employers found to be using illegal labour.

(2) What is the industry profile of employers that have received warnings for employing Illegal Workers under the new scheme.


Mr Ruddock (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) As at 6 April 2001, 20 employers had received Illegal Worker Warning Notices under the administrative warning notice regime that was introduced on 30 November 2000. A warning notice relates to an individual worker, and a total of 34 warning notices had been issued to these 20 employers as a result of their employing Illegal Workers.

It should be noted that warning notices can only be issued to employers or labour suppliers where the illegal worker commenced work after 30 November 2000.

(2) Table A below identifies the number of employers who received warning notices and the number of warning notices issued by industry.

TABLE A

ILLEGAL WORKER WARNING NOTICES ISSUED AS AT 6 APRIL 2001

Industry Type

No. of Employers

No. of Warning Notices Issued

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

2

7

Manufacturing

1

6

Construction

1

2

Wholesale Trade

1

1

Retail Trade

5

6

Accommodation, Cafes & Restaurants

4

5

Cultural & Recreational Services

1

1

Personal & Other Services

5

6

Total

20

34

Note: Industry classifications accord with the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) codes.