Australia: Warning issued over work visa scams

A report was recently published on the exploitation of illegal Malaysian workers on fruit farms in Victoria. Just a day after Free Malaysia Today published the report, the Australian Government issued a warning against false offers of Australian visas for sale.

The statement from the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia warned people to be cautious regarding claims that Australian visas were for sale.

“These claims are not true. Australian visas are not for sale. Visas can only be obtained through official channels,” it said.

It also said it was aware that there were facilitators in Malaysia organising visas and flights to Australia for people who intend to work illegally on their Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa.

“This is a scam attempting to intentionally mislead people, often for money or other personal gain. An ETA does not permit you to undertake paid work (such as fruit picking) in Australia.

“Don’t be fooled by these scams. If you work in Australia in breach of your visa conditions, you may be detained and removed, and subject to the three-year exclusion period.

“We are aware of a fake Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. Please ensure you use our official website ( to find information about visas and citizenship products, and lodge applications,” it said.


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