This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs).
The reporting period is from 1 April 2021 to 30 April 2021.
During this reporting period, OSB intercepted no illegal maritime ventures and returned no potential illegal immigrants.
During this reporting period:
- no IMAs were transferred from Australia to a regional processing country, either as new arrivals or returning after temporary purpose in Australia;
- no IMAs voluntarily returned to their country of origin from a regional processing country;
- there were no IMAs transferred from a regional processing country to Australia for medical purposes or were an accompanying family member;
Transitory persons under regional processing arrangements in Nauru or Papua New Guinea (PNG) are not in detention; all persons reside in community accommodation, with no restrictions on their movement in the community. The processing of protection claims are matters for the governments of PNG and Nauru.