Perth – Law enforcers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have brought a group of illegal workers to Perth Immigration Detention Centre following their arrest in Girrawheen last week, a statement from the agency website said.
Authorities are now set to deport the arrested workers who include eight Malaysians and three Indonesians as the Immigration department continue with their investigations into the circumstances of their employment.
DIAC said the operation was conducted after authorities received a call that a number of people are suspected to be working illegally in the farms near Kununurra which led them to a house in Girrawheen and resulted in the arrests of the 11 illegal workers.
The agency has recently intensified efforts against illegal workers across the country with a series of operations that started in Victoria and in other major cities.
The agency said the success of the immigration raids was partly due to the vigilance and cooperation of people in many communities who reported unlawful workers in their areas. Reports made by the public are taken seriously and given appropriate action by law enforcers, the department added.
DIAC also cautioned employers against allowing individuals to work illegally which is a criminal offence under the law. Employers found guilty of violating the law to be fined of up to $20,400 with imprisonment of two years. Companies may also be fined $102,000 per illegal worker.
The agency also asked employers to use the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) services to check on prospective employees and confirm information on their work eligibility.
DIAC also encourage people to report persons who illegally work in their regions through the the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623.