Expectations and behaviour


Anyone who attempts to travel to Australia by boat without a visa will be turned back or transferred to a regional processing country.

The following information is not for people whose protection claims are being assessed in regional processing countries.

This information is for people who have already arrived in Australia by boat without a visa and whose protection claims will be assessed in Australia.

Being in Australia is a privilege, not a right.

Your behaviour – what you do and how you act – is important.

Your behaviour could influence how long you can stay in Australia and whether you will live in detention or in the community.

All people must follow Australia's laws and behave responsibly – at home and in public.

The laws keep Australian society orderly and safe for everyone.

You must understand your responsibilities, and what is against the law in Australia.

Some of these responsibilities and laws may be different from your home country.

Some behaviours are unacceptable in Australia.

Unacceptable behaviour includes being violent, damaging property, lying to a government officer, giving false identity documents or information.

Treat all people in Australia with respect.

This includes women, children and people from different countries.

Do not make uninvited physical contact or use words to abuse or threaten other people, or make sexual comments.

You are responsible for what you do and how you act, even if you did not know your behaviour was wrong, you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or you made a mistake.

Talk to people you trust about Australia's customs and culture.

Be open and ask questions if you do not understand something.

If you are granted a visa, you must follow all the visa conditions.

These conditions are written in the visa grant letter.

Make sure you understand them.

If you are granted a bridging visa, one of your visa conditions will be to abide by the Code of Behaviour.

Breaching your visa conditions could lead to serious consequences, including your visa being cancelled.

If your visa is cancelled, you will be taken back to immigration detention.

Ask an immigration officer or service provider if you do not understand your visa conditions.

They can give you more detailed information.

Information is also available at: Illegal maritime arrivals

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