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AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION
The Australian Government has implemented tough border protection measures to combat maritime people smuggling and protect Australia’s borders. Anyone seeking to illegally enter Australia by boat will never make Australia home. The Australian Government has changed the rules for refugee resettlement from Indonesia. Asylum seekers who register with UNHCR in Indonesia on or after 1 July 2014 will not be considered for resettlement in Australia.
- 3 November 2014 - The Travel Advisory for Pakistan has been reviewed and reissued on Monday, 3 November 2014
- 24 October 2014 - Launch of the Fayyaz Sumbul Foundation
- 3 October 2014 - Pakistani Australia Awardees prepare for journey home
- 30 September 2014 - Australia farewells more scholars
- 16 May 2014 - Media Release - Australia’s Foreign Secretary engages high level talks with Pakistan
Bio of Foreign Secretary Mr Varghese
OSB Key Messages
- The Australian Government has introduced its toughest border protection measures ever called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB).
- Under the policy, anyone who comes to Australia illegally by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia.
- The policy applies to everyone: families, children, unaccompanied children, educated and skilled. There are no exceptions to this policy.
- The Australian Government’s policy is intended to deter people smugglers by denying them a product to sell and prevent tragic deaths at sea.
- There are two options for people who travel illegally by boat to Australia:
o they will be intercepted and safely removed from Australian waters; or
o they will be sent to another country for offshore processing.
- Processing and resettlement in Australia will never be an option.
- OSB is working as intended. There has been a very substantial and sustained reduction in maritime ventures and potential illegal immigrants attempting to reach Australia.
The Travel Advisory for Pakistan has been reviewed and reissued on Monday, 3 November 2014
This Advice was last issued on Monday, 03 November 2014. This advice contains new information under Safety and security (a terrorist attack at the Wagah border crossing, near Lahore, on 2 November killed at least 55 people and injured up to 200). 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 www.smartraveller.gov.au.
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