The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) grants visas and permission to work to non-Australian citizens.
BE AWARE: People working illegally or in breach of their visa conditions can be sent to a detention centre and deported from Australia.
It is a criminal offence for owners, managers and companies to knowingly employ people who do not have permission to work. Individuals who are convicted of these offences face fines of up to $13,200 and two years' imprisonment while companies face fines of up to $66,000 for each worker.
DIAC provides services for employers to check the work entitlements of new employees, such as the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service. VEVO is a free, internet-based system that allows employers to check the work entitlements of a visa holder online.
DIAC may visit any workplace, including sex industry workplaces, to check that everyone has permission to work in Australia. They can ask for identification such as passport, drivers licence, student or Medicare card from everyone on the premises.
DIAC staff must:
DIAC cannot ask workers to remove clothing, or do a body search.
If you are detained and not allowed to leave, you can request, and have the right to:
DIAC can work with other agencies such as the NSW Police or Australian Federal Police in visits to sex industry premises, particularly if they have safety concerns.
SWOP can provide: