Ten Located In Latest Victorian Compliance Crackdown

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4 February 2010


Ten located in latest Victorian compliance crackdown


Ten people were located in a compliance operation in Mildura last night as six

illegal workers detained in country Victoria last week were removed from

Australia.


In the Mildura operation last night, Department of Immigration and Citizenship

(DIAC) compliance officers were acting on community information regarding

illegal workers in the horticultural and hospitality industries.


Of the group of 10 located, four unlawful non-citizens were taken to the

Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Melbourne.


Two were Chinese nationals who had overstayed their visas and were

working in a local restaurant. The other two illegal workers were Indian

nationals, located at separate residential addresses.


Investigations into the circumstances of their employment are continuing.


Three foreign nationals – from Malaysia, China and Nepal – were granted

bridging visas to make arrangements to depart Australia. The remaining three

received notice of intention to cancel their visas for breaching their conditions.


“This successful result follows the removal from Australia yesterday of six

illegal workers located in country Victoria only last week,” a DIAC spokesman

said.


“In that operation in Sale, compliance officers also located 10 people – all

Malaysian nationals. The remaining four people were issued with notices of

intention to cancel their visas.”


DIAC encourages employers to check employees’ work entitlements.

Employers convicted under Commonwealth legislation face fines of up to  

$13 200 and two years’ imprisonment while companies face fines of up to  

$66 000 per illegal worker.


People with information about illegal workers or visa overstayers are

encouraged to call the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623.






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