In Australia?

Australia has reinforced its border protection capabilities.

Anyone who attempts to travel illegally to Australia by boat will be detected, intercepted and turned back.

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.

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.