Foreign workers found illegally in Rocky to be deported

FIVE illegal workers employed in cafes and restaurants in Rockhampton are being deported after a tip-off from the public led the Department of Immigration to their door.

A Chinese woman, two Malaysian women and two Malaysian men were found living in a local residential property on Tuesday.

They are believed to have come to Australia legally on visas, but after their visa expired they did not return home, making them "unlawful non-citizens".

Before locating the group the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) conducted a roadside operation with the police and the Department of Transport and Main Roads at various locations in Rockhampton, but no people of interest were located.

A spokesman from the DIBP said they have been transferred to Brisbane and would be deported.

An investigation is underway into the circumstances of their employment.

Employers convicted of employing illegal workers face fines of up to $20,400 and two years' jail, while companies face fines of up to $102,000 per illegal worker.

Employers can check the visa details and work rights of non-citizens using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) tool on the DIBP website.

People who have information about illegal workers can call the Immigration dob-in line on 1800 009 623.