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Statement from the Department of Home Affairs

Statement from the Department of Home Affairs

  • Australia’s strong border policy settings remain steadfast; if people try to reach Australia by boat illegally, they will be returned to their country of departure or origin, or transferred to a regional processing country.
  • Illegal maritime arrivals will not settle permanently in Australia.
  • Australia’s strong border protection measures ensure that no benefit is obtained from entering Australia illegally.
  • Regional processing, temporary protection visas and limitations on family reunion deter people from relying on people smugglers and encourage people to take lawful migration pathways to Australia.
  • The application of these policies has meant that, in some cases, family members arriving at different times may be subject to different policy settings and arrangements.