Thursday, 01 February 2018
Media release

Visa cancellations for serious crimes

Seven murderers and five people convicted of manslaughter were among 430 foreign nationals in New South Wales stripped of their visas last year.

Sixteen who committed rape or other sexual offences had their visas cancelled with 14 cancellations for child sex offences or child pornography.

One hundred and seventeen criminals lost their visas for violent assaults, 57 for other violent crimes, 28 for armed robbery and 26 for grievous bodily harm.

Nationally almost 1,200 non-citizens had their visas cancelled and faced deportation from Australia in 2017.

Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the strengthened section 501 provisions of the Migration Act introduced by the Coalition in 2014 are a powerful and effective tool to manage those who pose a threat to the Australian community.

"We have zero tolerance for non-citizens who put Australians in danger and think they can exploit our visa system," Mr Dutton said.

"We take the safety and wellbeing of Australians very seriously. Anyone who thinks they can come to our country and commit crimes can think again."

Mr Dutton said Australians are grateful for law-abiding visitors who contribute positively to the country; however there are always those who think they can use and abuse our laws and harm our citizens.

"We have strong measures in place under section 501 of the Migration Act to deal with these criminals; they are not welcome in our country."

Among the visa cancellations in New South Wales were 60 people convicted of serious drug offences.

New South Wales had the most visa cancellations, followed by Queensland with 300. Victoria had 217; Western Australia 179; South Australia 43; the Northern Territory 16; Australian Capital Territory eight and Tasmania five.

Following are additional state breakdowns of visa cancellations for 2017: