Australia Says No to Immigrants with Domestic Violence Records

Australia Says No to Immigrants with Domestic Violence Records

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A new directive by the federal government of Australia will see who has been convicted of domestic violence kicked out of or denied entry into the country.

This decision to bar immigrants with violence record against minors and women from Australia was made by David Coleman – Australia Immigration Minister and became effective in the country late last week.

The Minister has a very clear and simple message for domestic violence perpetrators – they are not welcomed in Australia. This is regardless of where such offenses are committed or the degree of the sentence that was given.

The directive is not limited to the Department of Home Affairs decision makers only but also the Administrative Appeals Tribunal according to Mr. Coleman.

Decision conflict between Government and Tribunal

After making it clear that the directive also affects the tribunal, the Minister revealed that there were cases when administrative appeals tribunal sought to reinstate visas of people who were denied visa by the government because of domestic violence.

The administrative appeals tribunal overturned the government’s decision to deny a man visa for assaulting his young son, the minister said.

Also, the government refused to grant a student visa to a man who assaulted his wife only to be overruled by the Tribunal, he said.

Minister Coleman is hopeful that the new directive will help to provide consistent decisions across the board.

Under current laws, the government can only revoke visas of foreigners who do not pass a character test or who have had at least a year jail term.

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