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What's New!


Operation Sovereign BordersNO WAY - You will not make Australia home, if you get on a boat without a visa.

The OSB Joint Agency Taskforce (JATF) has been established to ensure a whole-of-government effort to combat people smuggling and protect Australia’s borders.

Please visit Operation Sovereign Borders page for further information.

Also See: Operation Sovereign Borders - New Rules Fact Sheet

Counter People Smuggling Communication

The Australian Government has introduced a tough new policy for managing illegal maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). 

OSB is a military-led border security initiative to stop the boats, to prevent people risking their lives at sea in the hands of criminals, and to preserve the integrity of Australia’s immigration program.

The new policy introduces a rapid transfer process where asylum seekers are transferred to either the country of Papua New Guinea or country of Nauru within 48 hours of arrival in Australia. The new policy also includes the expansion of processing centres in both locations as well as the turning back of asylum seeker boats.

The OSB Joint Agency Taskforce is delivering a range of offshore communication activities to inform people considering coming to Australia illegally by boat that the rules have changed and they will never get to Australia. 

Please visit Counter People Smuggling Communication page for further information.


These men are among many others on Manus Island considering returning home. The new footage can be accessed on the DIAC newsroom website via

Fourth group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
Third group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
New Arrangement With Nauru Government
Australia and Papua New Guinea Regional Settlement Arrangement

2 August 2013 - The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship today confirmed the successful transfer to Papua New Guinea of the second group of 39 asylum seekers subject to new regional settlement arrangement.

Press Release

1 August 2013 - The first group of 40 people have departed Christmas Island on July 31 for Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, formally bringing into effect the Regional Settlement Arrangement agreed on July 19. Refugee claims will be assessed under PNG law and, if they are found to be refugees, they will be settled in PNG. This demonstrates that if you come to Australia by boat without a visa, you will not be settled in Australia. Transfers to the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre will continue regularly.




Travel Advice

The Travel Advisory for Pakistan has been reviewed and reissued on Thursday, 16 October 2014

This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 16 October 2014. This advice contains new information in the Summary and under Additional information(heavy monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in parts of north-eastern Pakistan). We continue to strongly advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Pakistan overall due to the unpredictable security situation, including the high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping and sectarian violence.    

Further information is in the travel advice for Pakistan and our travel bulletin available at

Read the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's current travel advice for Pakistan.

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Registration allows consular staff to contact you in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. Any details provided are kept confidential and only used in the event of an emergency.




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