Twenty-seven visa over stayers and illegal workers were caught in Newcastle and Central Coast areas by the immigration compliance officers after a series of operations.
A spokesman of Department of Immigration and Citizenship stated that the immigration compliance teams visited business establishments and homes in Hamilton, Berkeley Vale, San Remo, Raymond Terrace, Birmingham Gardens, Gosford and Morriset.
The spokesman stated that there were eleven women and sixteen men who were caught during the compliance operation. Five came from Fiji, seventeen from China and one each from Taiwan, India, Malaysia, United Kingdom and Indonesia.
Among the 27, twenty one people were detained in Villawood Immigration Detention Center. They will be deported in Australia in the earliest time. The remaining six people were given bridging visas with stringent conditions.
A series of operations were made in response to information given to DIAC’s dob-in line. There were also other sources of information aside from the dob–in line. The investigations regarding circumstances of employment of illegal laborers are still continuing.
The spokesman that employers should know that it is an offense to recklessly or knowingly permit a person to illegally work or refer an illegal laborer for work.
The employers can check the personal details and identification of prospective workers, to confirm whether they are legally qualified to work.
Employers who will be convicted for employing illegal workers under the Commonwealth legislation faces fines of $20,400 and 2 years imprisonment. Companies, who will be found guilty, face fines of $ 102,000 per illegal employee.
The spokesman further stated that for the year 2011 – 2012, there were two thousand people who caught illegally working in Australia.