Operation Sovereign Borders
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 continues to implement tough border protection measures to prevent loss of life at sea and undermine people smuggling networks.
Under Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB), anyone who attempts to travel illegally by boat to Australia will be turned back to their country of departure.
Processing and settlement in Australia will never be an option for anyone who travels illegally by boat.
Australia remains committed to protecting its borders and ending the criminal activity of people smuggling.
The Australian Government is delivering a range of offshore communication activities to inform people considering coming to Australia illegally by boat that they will never make Australia home.
Don’t believe the lies of people smugglers
People smugglers will tell you that over time Australia will soften its policy. The Australian Government has not and will not change its strong position.
Anyone who tries to come to Australia illegally by boat will not be settled in Australia.
The rules apply to everyone – families, children, unaccompanied children, educated and skilled. There are no exceptions.
Do not waste your money. Do not believe the lies of people smugglers.
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.
Visit Refugee and Humanitarian for information on Australia’s refugee and humanitarian programme.
Visit Refugee and Humanitarian visas for information on recent changes to Refugee and humanitarian visas.
Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's newsroom to access up-to-date news on refugees, offshore processing, settlement arrangements, and Australia’s refugee and humanitarian programme.
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Australia's borders are stronger than ever
Do not let your loved ones travel illegally by boat to Australia
Do not risk your life travelling to Australia illegally by boat
Australias borders are closed to illegal migration
No change to Australias boat turn back policy