Australia Post has been unwittingly caught up in an immigration scandal stemming from a private contractor working for the company.
The Australian Federal Police worked alongside Border Force officers to conduct raids on properties across Melbourne including Australia Post delivery centres. The raids came from reported claims that Baljit Singh who was contracted by Australia Post as one of their main suppliers of courier and postal deliverers, was involved in running an immigration racket.
Mr Singh, along with two other business partners were also responsible for the running and operations of several educational centres in Melbourne. The St. Stephens Institute of Education and the Symbiosis Institute of Technical Education were charging international students $10,000 for diplomas in IT and business, although the Australian Federal Police allege there was never any actual teaching conducted at these institutes for the students.
As opposed to studying at the colleges, the students were used as workers whilst Mr Singh and his colleagues were allegedly pocketing the tuition fees. The AFP has stressed the students involved in operation are not themselves under investigation and were all in the country legitimately on appropriate visas.
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