New fines of up to $10,000 for employing an illegal worker

21 July 2011

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has announced an overhaul of the sanctions system which deals with employers who engage illegal workers in Australia. The announcement coincides with the release today of the Review of the Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Act 2007 by independent legal expert Stephen Howells, whose recommendations, including the introduction of strict liability offences with penalties of up to $10,000 per illegal worker, have been accepted in principle by the Government. Click here to read more.

The Review shows that whilst the Government has been more successful at locating illegal workers they are still impeded by ineffective legal mechanisms to take action against employers. The revised measures are primarily intended to tackle the small but increasing number of employers and labour suppliers that persistently engage people without visas or in breach of their visa conditions as a cheap form of labour.

Click here to read the Howell Review.

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