Snoop Dogg and MTV are working on a solution after the rapper was slapped with a ban preventing him from entering Australia.

Snoop Dogg was to be a presenter at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards, to be held at Sydney's Accer Stadium this Sunday. He was scheduled to join American presenters Pink, Nicole Richie, Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte, and Fergie of Black Eyed Peas.

Australian immigration minister Kevin Andrews told the Macquarie radio network the veto was imposed on character grounds.

"He has a whole string of convictions, he doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country," Andrews said.

"This man has been a member of a Los Angeles gang - and is still associated with it apparently - that's been involved in murder, robberies and drug dealing in the L.A. area."

Snoop Dogg was in Australia in February this year headlining two dates of the Good Vibrations festival tour.

Andrews says the artist was warned at the time that any other transgression would prevent him returning to the country.

Earlier this month, Snoop Dogg was given a three-year suspended sentence in the United States for pleading no contest to gun and drug charges.

And on March 27, the rapper -- whose real name is Calvin Broadus -- was banned from entering the United Kingdom for a joint European tour with P.Diddy.

The rapper has 28 days to appeal the Australian decision. Dave Sibley, Sydney-based managing director of MTV Networks Australia, confirms that the network is helping the rapper convince the immigration department to revoke its decision.

"We appreciate there is a process and we'll respect that whichever way it goes," Sibley says. "But it's not over yet, and we're hopeful we'll see Snoop Dogg on the red carpet on Sunday."