In Australia?

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.

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.

Factsheet

Operation Sovereign Borders operates all year round

Australia’s borders are monitored, patrolled and protected against illegal entry every day of the year.

Australia’s borders are stronger than ever

Australia’s borders are stronger than ever, and our tough border policies are here to stay. If you come to Australia illegally by boat will be detected, intercepted and turned back.

Don't let your loved ones travel illegally by boat to Australia

Anyone coming to Australia illegally by boat will be detected, intercepted and turned back – there are no exceptions. Don’t let your loved ones travel to Australia illegally by boat.

Don't risk your life travelling to Australia illegally by boat

The illegal maritime pathway to Australia remains closed. Don’t waste your money or risk your life. If you come to Australia illegally by boat will be detected, intercepted and turned back.

Australia’s borders are closed to illegal migration

There is no benefit to be gained by trying to reach Australia illegally. Commander Operation Sovereign Borders Stephen Osborne explains the risks and consequences of attempting to reach Australia illegally by boat.

No change to Australia's boat turn back policy

Anyone who attempts to travel illegally by boat to Australia will be detected, intercepted and safely removed from Australian waters. The rules apply to everyone. There are no exceptions.