WATCH: Backpacker thrown out of country after illegal Qld rave

A French backpacker has been booted out of Australia for his involvement in organising an illegal New Year rave in Queensland.

The tourist was sent packing on January 19 after his visa was cancelled over the rave, which occurred west of Gympie.

Under the Migration Act, if a visa holder is a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community, their visa can be liable for cancellation and they may be removed from Australia by the Australian Border Force.


Acting Commander for ABF Enforcement Steven Darby said sending the man home highlighted how seriously the ABF takes incidents like this.

“The ABF will not tolerate non-citizens who choose to engage in criminal activity or behaviour of concern, particularly with respect to COVID-19 restrictions which can have a devastating flow on effect for our community,” Acting Commander Darby said.

“We hope this sends a strong message to others who think they can arrange or participate in reckless activities of this kind.

“The ABF will continue to collaborate with state, territory and Commonwealth partner agencies on these matters and will act decisively to protect the community from the risk of harm posed by non-citizens breaching COVID-19 restrictions.”


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