Twelve people working illegally in the horticultural industry in Bundaberg have been detained by officers of the Australian Border Force.
The group comprised nine Malaysians - eight men and one woman - a man and woman from the Hong Kong Special Autonomous Region and one Taiwanese male.
Some of the group were working illegally in breach of their visa conditions and others had overstayed their visas. They have been detained ahead of their removal from Australia.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the compliance operation was an excellent start for the Australian Border Force formed on 1 July.
“Dealing with illegal workers and visa overstayers is just one of the many vital roles the ABF will fulfil,” Mr Dutton said.
“The ABF is a dedicated frontline agency targeting and disrupting the whole range of border threats from organised crime gangs to narcotic traffickers and people smugglers.”
People who have information about illegal workers or visa overstayers can call the Immigration Dob-In line on 1800 009 623.