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
Anyone who attempts an unauthorised boat voyage to Australia will be turned back to their point of departure, returned to their home country or transferred to another country.
No-one who travels illegally to Australia by boat will be allowed to remain in Australia.
Australia's tough border protection policies are designed to protect Australia's borders, combat people smuggling and deter people from attempting dangerous boat voyages across the open ocean.
Do not believe the lies of people smugglers
People smugglers use false promises of settlement in Australia to convince people to hand over their money. Do not believe their lies. The truth is that no-one who pays a people smuggler for an illegal boat journey to Australia will get what they paid for.
People smugglers do not care about your safety or your future. They are only interested in your money.
Travel safely and lawfully
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 Department of Home Affairs website.
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.
Australia has reinforced its border protection capabilitiesThe Australian Border Force, Navy and Air Force have increased their efforts to ensure we detect and intercept any suspicious vessel that approaches Australian territory.
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.