Three men detained in Bundaberg to be deported

FEDERAL Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt confirmed Australian Border Force officers had detained three men in Bundaberg in the past 24 hours.

"The first man, an Indian unlawful non-citizen, was detained yesterday afternoon (July 27) at an address in Bundaberg. He first entered Australia on a student visa in 2009," Mr Pitt said.

"The second man, who is Nepalese, was detained this morning at a residential address following the cancellation of his bridging visa on the basis of his criminal record. He also first entered Australia in 2009 on a student visa.

"The third man, an unlawful non-citizen from Taiwan who arrived in 2012 on a working holiday visa, was detained at a separate residential address.

"All three will be transferred to Brisbane and removed from Australia once their immigration matters are finalised."

Mr Pitt said investigations were ongoing.

"All the men are believed to have been working in the local horticultural industry," he said.

"The Coalition Government is extremely serious about combatting the issue of illegal work, as well as cracking down on employers and labour hire contractors who exploit foreign workers.

"We will actively pursue prosecution of both individuals and companies.

"This operation should serve as another warning to unscrupulous employers and illegal workers who think they'll never be caught."

Employers convicted under Commonwealth legislation for employing illegal workers face fines of up to $20,400 and two years' imprisonment, while companies face fines of up to $102,000 per illegal worker.

Employers can check the visa details and work rights of non-citizens using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) tool on the DIBP website.

People who have information about illegal workers or visa overstayers can call the Immigration Dob-In line on 1800 009 623.



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