Illegal workers detained
Eleven illegal foreign workers were recently detained in Cobram after an Australian Border Force operation in the area.
The ABF attended several business and residential addresses on April 23, targeting individuals allegedly engaged in and facilitating illegal labour.
Of the 11 detained, three were allegedly organising the illegal work.
The ABF said investigations were continuing and could result in penalties against those accused of facilitating the illegal work.
An ABF spokesperson said the people detained would be removed from Australia as soon as possible.
‘‘Illegal work remains a high priority for the ABF with intelligence-informed operational activity ongoing across urban, rural and remote locations across Australia,’’ the spokesperson said.
‘‘This activity is targeted at high-risk industries including but not limited to the agriculture sector.’’
Anyone who is aware of an individual, business or employer who might be facilitating visa fraud or illegal work is urged to contact Border Watch by visiting australia.gov.au/borderwatch