People smuggling and trafficking

People smuggling

The Government has implemented a new border protection policy, Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB), to combat people smuggling and protect Australia’s borders. The OSB Joint Agency Task Force (JATF) has been established to ensure a whole-of-government effort. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade contributes to this, including through the Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues. Further information can be found at the Operation Sovereign Borders website.  

Trafficking in persons

The Australian Government is committed to working in partnership with other governments, international organisations and civil society to prevent trafficking in persons, bring the perpetrators to justice, and protect and support victims.

At the Fourth Bali Process Regional Ministerial Conference in March 2011, Ministers agreed to reinvigorate Bali Process cooperation on practical measures and activities aimed at increasing the capacity of countries to address trafficking in persons.

Australia is a State party to the UNTOC and its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.

More information on Australia's comprehensive, whole-of-government approach to combating trafficking in persons domestically and internationally can be found on the People Trafficking web page of the Attorney General's Department.


Contact us

People Smuggling, Refugees and Immigration Section
International Organisations Branch
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • Address:
    RG Casey Building
    John McEwen Crescent
    Barton ACT 0221 Australia
  • Phone: (61 2) 6261 1111
  • Fax: (61 2) 6261 2272