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.