The Australian Border Force (ABF) released a statement regarding the recent detainment of 14 illegal workers who were under employment at a Western Australian farming property. The workers were from Malaysia and Indonesia and were all working illegally at the property. Several had had their working visas cancelled due to breaching visa conditions while the remainder of the detainees were unlawful non-citizens.
The employer is also being questioned due to neglecting their responsibility of conducting the required checks to ensure that a non-national is legally allowed to work in Australia. It could be a costly exercise for the property owner with potential penalties of between $3240 and $1080 per worker fined against employers found to be employing non-visa holding workers.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has several different investigative departments including ABF all of which work to ensure that both workers and businesses are adhering to the terms and conditions of international workers working in Australia.