Illegal hort worker crackdown

26 Feb, 2010 07:53 AM

THE Immigration Department has been cracking down on illegal workers with a number working in the horticulture industry intercepted this month.

Illegal workers have been found by compliance officers in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia during February with many overstaying their visas.

This week 14 workers - five women and seven men – from Indonesia were intercepted at Stanthorpe, Queensland.

Twelve of the workers were transferred to detention accommodation in Brisbane and two granted bridging visas, but all will leave Australia.

On February 11, six Malaysian nationals were found to be in breach of their visas and working in horticultural operation in north Perth.

They are now in detention and will be removed from Australia.

Earlier in the month workers were removed from Mildura after compliance officers acted on community information regarding illegal workers.


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