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Illegal Workers- How to ensure your employees are entitled to work in Australia

14 Apr Posted by in Industry News | Comments Off

It is an offence to knowingly aid or abet an illegal worker to work in Australia. To help guard against potential prosecution for employing illegal workers you need to be vigilant.

Employers have the right to request proof from their employees (or prospective employees) that they are entitled to work in Australia. In years gone by employers were faced with having to ask them to produce documented evidence of their right to work status. Documents like an Australian birth certificate, Australian citizenship certificate, Australian or New Zealand passport, or valid current working visa could prove the right to a job.

Nowadays, thanks to the Department of Immigration & Citizenship, checking a visitor’s right to work is much easier. The Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for organisations is a free online facility that allows organisations to check the visa entitlements of a visa holder. Even visa holders can use VEVO to view details of their visa. Please go to the website address