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Woman to be deported after raid on Burrum Heads farm

A WOMAN has been detained and will be deported after a Department of Immigration and Border Protection raid on a Burrum Heads farm.

Two people of interest to the department were found in an immigration search on Friday which involved the department, Howard police, Fraser Coast Regional Council and fire officers.

Acting Sgt Edwin Gompelman said 36 people were living at the property.

The Malaysian woman has been transferred to Brisbane pending her removal from Australia.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Senator Michaelia Cash said the woman was living in Australia illegally.

Ms Cash said a Taiwanese man believed to be in breach of visa conditions had been ordered to attend an immigration office to discuss his status.

Employers are subject to new civil penalties even if they unknowingly take on illegal workers.

"Infringement notices and civil penalties range from $3060 to $76,500 per illegal employee," Ms Cash said.

"People who arrange work for others who have no right to work also face sanctions."

Acting Sgt Gompelman said there were "a number of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, building authority, Queensland Fire Authority and council breaches which had to be addressed".

"No criminal offences were detected at the Yachtsman Dr property."

Employers must take reasonable steps to check workers' visas by using the free Visa Entitlement Verification Online tool.

Topics:  border protection department of immigration fraser coast regional council police