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AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION
- The Travel Advisory for Pakistan has been reviewed and reissued on Tuesday, 4 March 2014
- 20 December 2013 - Commander Operation Sovereign Borders Video Message about combating people smuggling
- 4 December 2013 - Media Release - Australia tougher than ever on illegal boat arrivals
Operation Sovereign Borders
Operation Sovereign Borders is a military-led, border security operation supported and assisted by a wide range of federal government agencies.
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.
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.
- 21 October 2013 - Sri Lankan Boat Arrivals Returned to Colombo
- 23 September 2013 - Australian High Commissioner Condemns Senseless Attack in Peshawar
- 30 August 2013 - Fourteenth group sent to PNG under regional settlement arrangement
- 29 August 2013 - Thirteenth group sent to PNG under regional settlement arrangement
- 28 August 2013 - Family groups returning to Sri Lanka
- 28 August 2013 - Twelfth group sent to PNG under regional settlement arrangement
- 27 August 2013 - Eleventh group sent to PNG under regional settlement arrangement
- 26 August 2013 - More families transferred to Nauru for processing
- 24 August 2013 - Second families transferred to Nauru under the regional settlement arrangement
- 23 August 2013 - Torres Strait arrivals sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
- 22 August 2013 - The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has released video footage of a group of Iranian transferees at Manus Island who tell of the heartbreak at realising they’d been lied to by people smugglers and that that they will never be settled in Australia. In the video, six men recently transferred to Papua New Guinea under the Regional Settlement Arrangement (RSA) talk about their experiences and tell others not to take the risk of travelling to Australia by boat.
These men are among many others on Manus Island considering returning home. The new footage can be accessed on the DIAC newsroom website via http://www.newsroom.immi.gov.au/videos
- 22 August 2013 - Ninth group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
- 21 August 2013 - First families transferred to Nauru under the Regional Settlement Arrangement (RSA)
- 16 August 2013 - Eighth group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
- 14 August 2013 - Seventh group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
- 13 August 2013 - Sixth group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
- 10 August 2013 - Fifth group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
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
- Second group sent to PNG under 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.
- First transfer to Manus Island under the Regional Settlement Arrangement
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.
- Press Release on Australia and PNG Regional Settlement Arrangement: English | Dari | Farsi | Pashto
- Fact Sheet on the Regional Settlement Arrangement: English | Dari | Farsi | Pashto
- Advertisement Poster on Australia-PNG Regional Settlement Arrangement: English | Multi-Languages | Dari | Pashto
The Australian Government’s Australia in the Asian Century White Paper has now been released. This document is a roadmap to guide Australia to become a more prosperous and resilient nation, fully part of the region and open to the world.
See how Australia sees its relationship with Pakistan in the Asian Century
The Travel Advisory for Pakistan has been reviewed and reissued on Tuesday, 4 March 2014
This Advice was last issued on Tuesday, 04 March 2014. It contains new information in the Summary (on 3 March 2014 extremists attacked a District Court House in F-8 Islamabad killing 13 and wounding 34). We continue to strongly advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Pakistan overall due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping, sectarian violence and the unpredictable security situation.
Further information is in the travel advice for Pakistan and our travel bulletin available at www.smartraveller.gov.au.
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