Government to get tough on hiring of illegal workers

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen announced the federal government will introduce new laws next year to crack down on the hiring of illegal workers.

"This government is committed to getting tough on dodgy employers and ensuring we have an effective sanctions regime in place to punish those who wilfully exploit foreign workers," Mr Bowen said.

"The new laws will establish civil penalties of up to $50 000 and fines of up to $10 000 for corporate bodies, and civil penalties and fines of up to $10 000 and $2000 respectively for individuals for the employing or referring of illegal workers," he said.

"This clearly addresses the deficiencies in the existing laws, as identified by the Howells Review."

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