Australia's strong border protection laws have not changed.
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Australia's borders are closed to illegal maritime migration
Australia has strict border protection policies to combat people smuggling, prevent illegal migration to Australia, and deter people from attempting unsafe journeys on people smuggling boats.
It is Australia's policy to turn back people smuggling boats where safe to do so.
No-one who travels to Australia illegally by boat is allowed to remain in Australia.
Unfortunately, people are still wasting their money and risking their lives trying to come to Australia the wrong way.
Protecting Australia's borders and combating people smuggling is not just a job for the Australian Government — everyone has a role to play.
You can help by telling people in your community, or friends and family living overseas, about Australia’s strong border protection policies.
- Encourage people to come to Australia the right way — with an Australian visa.
- Explain that attempting to reach Australia illegally by boat is very dangerous and a waste of time and money.
- Report people smuggling activities to Border Watch on 1800 009 623. Reports can be provided anonymously.