In Australia?

In December 2017, Australian authorities intercepted a Sri Lankan people smuggling boat attempting to reach Australia illegally. All 29 people on board were returned to Sri Lanka.

Australia’s defences against people smuggling boats are stronger than ever. The illegal maritime pathway to Australia is closed, and it will stay closed.

If you try to reach Australia illegally by boat, you will be stopped and turned back.

Operation Sovereign Borders

The Australian Government has implemented tough border protection measures to combat maritime people smuggling, prevent loss of life at sea and protect Australia’s borders. Anyone seeking to illegally enter Australia by boat will never make Australia home.

This poster represents the 'you will be turned back' policy. The poster directs the reader to www.australia.gov.au/novisa

Under Operation Sovereign Borders, anyone who attempts to travel illegally by boat to Australia will be turned back to their country of departure.

Settlement in Australia will never be an option for anyone who travels illegally by boat.

The rules apply to everyone; families, children, unaccompanied children, educated and skilled. There are no exceptions.

Media release: 1000 days of strong and secure borders

Don't waste your money – people smugglers are lying

Don't risk the safety of your family and friends by paying people smugglers. If your family and friends travel to Australia by boat without a visa they will not be settled in Australia.

Even if they are accepted as refugees, they will not be settled in Australia.

These measures have been introduced to stop people smugglers and stop further loss of life at sea.

Registering with UNHCR in Indonesia

The Australian Government has changed its rules for refugee resettlement from Indonesia.​

If you travel to Indonesia and register with UNHCR in Indonesia on or after 1 July 2014 you will not be considered for resettlement in Australia.

​The number of resettlement places offered by Australia to people registered with UNHCR in Indonesia before 1 July 2014 has also been reduced.

The rules apply to everyone. There are no exceptions.

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