Bullsbrook: illegal workers in detention awaiting deportation

FOURTEEN illegal workers are awaiting deportation at Northam’s Yongah Hill Detention Centre after being detained at a Bullsbrook farm last week.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers executed a search warrant on the property last Wednesday, where they found 13 men and one woman from Malaysia and Indonesia illegally working at the farm.

Nine of the workers were found to be unlawful non-citizens and five had their visas cancelled for working in breach of visa conditions.

The operation was a result of information identifying a property where non-citizens were believed to be working illegally.

It will continue to be ongoing.

ABF assistant commissioner of detention compliance and removals Kingsley Woodford-Smith said ABF was committed to stopping illegal work in Australia.

“The ABF continues to gather intelligence across all industries where illegal work practices involving unlawful non-citizens and illegal foreign workers may be taking place,” he said.

“This operation sends a strong message to the individuals involved; if you are in Australia without a valid visa, if you work in breach of your visa conditions or if you are exploiting foreign workers, you will be caught.”

Employers found to have employees without work rights or breaching visa conditions could face fines of between $3240 and $108,000 per illegal worker.

Anyone who is aware of an individual, business or employer who may be facilitating visa fraud or illegal work can contact Border Watch on 1800 009 623.