Wednesday, 17th August, 2011
Eleven illegal immigrants were arrested yesterday after they were caught working at Menindee.
The Department of Immigration said the eight men and three women were all from Malaysia and were working on a property near the town.
They were arrested with the help of police from Broken Hill after information was received from the public, a department spokesman said.
The workers had allowed their visas to expire and no longer had a legal right to remain in Australia, he said.
“Once removed, these people will face an exclusion period under which they will not be permitted to return to Australia. This could be for up to three years.”
An investigation into how they came to be employed was being made, he said.
Employers convicted under Commonwealth legislation of having illegal workers face fines of up to $13,200 and two years’ jail while companies may be fined up to $66,000 per illegal worker.
People with information about illegal workers or visa overstayers may call the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623.
The Malaysians were due to be taken yesterday to Adelaide where the process of expelling them from the country would begin.