Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed that 490 foreign nationals have been sent back to where they came from since Tony Abbott came to power. Among them were 24 rapists, 28 paedophiles and 12 murderers.
"The numbers will continue to build as we work through those people who are in our country on visas who have committed criminal offences" Mr Dutton said. "They won't be staying in Australia."
The Immigration Department is working closely with the Australian Crime Commission, the AFP and state police forces to identify people "who seek to do harm to Australians." Outlaw motor bike gang members have also been targeted and those who have committed serious crimes.
Those sent home were from the Asia Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East.