Operation Sovereign Borders
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.
Australia's borders will stay closed to illegal migration
I am Major General Craig Furini.
As the new Commander of Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders, I have a simple message to anyone considering illegal travel to Australia by boat.
Under my command, Australia’s borders will stay closed to illegal migration.
If you attempt an illegal boat journey to Australia, you will be stopped and returned to your country of departure or your home country.
Australia is serious about protecting its borders and preventing deaths at sea. This will not change.
Australia’s borders are monitored, patrolled and protected every day of the year, and our border protection defences are stronger than ever.
Australia's borders are reinforced
In the five years since the Australian Government established Operation Sovereign Borders, we have successfully stopped the boats and suppressed the people smuggling threat to Australia.
Australian authorities have not only intercepted 33 vessels, returning 827 people to their point of departure but we have worked with our regional partners to disrupt over 70 people smuggling ventures before they left.
Maritime people smuggling continues to pose an enduring threat to the safety and security of Australia’s borders.
The recent arrival of a people smuggling boat from Vietnam is a timely reminder that the threat has not gone away.
These individuals were swiftly located, detained and sent home. No one settled in Australia.
Whilst this boat failed, people smugglers are using its arrival as a marketing tool to persuade other vulnerable people to get on a boat.
Don’t listen to criminal people smugglers.
Australia has committed additional maritime and aerial surveillance resources to counter this threat.
If you try to come to Australia illegally by boat – you will be stopped.
Our border protection policies have not changed and nor will they.
We will not compromise the sovereignty and security of our nation.
Regional processing arrangements will continue and no-one subject to regional processing will be resettled in Australia.
The reinforcement of Operation Sovereign Borders sends a strong message to people smugglers and those who would engage their services: the Australian Government’s determination to protect our borders, combat people smuggling and prevent deaths at sea, is stronger than ever.
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.