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Australia's borders are closed to illegal marintime migration

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    The Australian Government is committed to protecting Australia's borders, combating people smuggling in our region, and preventing people from risking their lives at sea.

    Operation Sovereign Borders is a military-led border security operation that was established in 2013 to deliver on this commitment.

    There is only one way to gain entry into Australia — with an Australian visa.

    To find out more about your options for safe and lawful travel to Australia, visit the Immigration and Citizenship website.

    Illegal migration - you will always lose

    If you attempt an illegal boat journey to Australia, you will always lose.

    You will lose your money, your time — you may even lose your life.

    Despite rumours spread by people smugglers, Australia watches every illegal vessel closely.

    The only legal way to travel and settle in Australia is with a valid visa.

    Do not attempt an illegal boat journey — you will be caught.

    If you attempt to come to Australia illegally, you have zero chance of success.