What has Taskforce Cadena achieved since it was established?

Working with partner agencies across state, territory and federal governments, Taskforce Cadena is enhancing national coordination efforts in the targeting of those criminals involved in organising visa fraud, illegal work and the exploitation of foreign workers in Australia.

Case Study

Taskforce Cadena together with the Australian Federal Police executed several warrants in regional New South Wales that targeted a labour hire syndicate employing a number of illegal foreign workers. During the operation, Taskforce Cadena investigators spoke to workers and identified indicators of exploitation and Migration Act offences, which became the subject of a criminal investigation. The individuals were working in the agriculture sector.

ABF officers identified and detained 14 unlawful non-citizens (UNCs) and 20 lawful non-citizens who were working in breach of their visa conditions.