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Border Watch - report something suspicious

Use the forms below to report suspected illegal or criminal immigration, visa, customs and trade activity. We take all reports of suspicious activity seriously and you can choose to remain anonymous.

Be as specific and concise as possible. More information about what to report and the information you will need is available on the Border Watch page.

Information previously submitted has been received and actioned by the Department. Do not report the same information again. New or additional information can be reported.

In accordance with The Privacy Act 1988, information about the progress or outcome of any investigation cannot be provided.

Report suspected immigration offences        

Report suspected customs or trade offences

Examples of suspected illegal immigration activity

Suspected criminal and illegal immigration activities might include:

CategoryDescription
National SecurityThreats to Australia or its national interests, including terrorism, espionage or foreign interference. May include but is not limited to threats to attack Australian people, assets, infrastructure and institutions.
People smuggling, trafficking and sexual servitude
  • Organisation or facilitation of the transport of people into or within Australia by use of force, threats, or deception for the exploitation of the person.
  • Allegations relating to:
    • organised smuggling of persons into Australia by boat or air
    • intentionally forcing another person to enter into an engagement to provide sexual services.
Vulnerable visa holders Allegations relating to visa holders who are at risk due to their personal circumstance.
People who overstay their visa or work illegally against their visa conditions Allegations relating to illegal work including visa holders working in breach of visa conditions, unlawful non-citizens residing in Australia and/or working illegally, and employers of illegal workers.
False documents or statements Allegations relating to production and presentation of fraudulent documents, or the making of false statements or claims to the department which may be used to obtain a visa or other benefit from the Department. This includes allegations relating to the production and use of false identities, including identity theft or the creation of new identities.
Employer sponsor breach
  • Allegations relating to:
    • a breach of sponsorship obligations, contrived employer/employee relationships, payment made for employer sponsorship or other misuse of employer sponsored visas
    • work obtained from a person under threat (real or perceived) and for which the person has not offered themselves voluntarily.
Contrived relationships or fake marriages Allegations relating to fake relationships (usually marriage) made to obtain a visa or other benefit from the Department.
Unregistered agentsThis includes allegations relating to unregistered migration agents providing advice/assistance.

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Examples of suspected customs or trade offences

Suspected illegal importation, exportation and trade activity might include:

CategoryDescription
Suspicious vessels, aircraft and activities
  • sea cargo
  • air cargo
  • marina activities
  • mail packages
  • international travellers seeking to conceal prohibited items or undeclared currency.
Importation of illicit drugs or precursor chemicals
  • Illicit drugs that are prohibited by international law. These drugs include (but are not limited to) amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, Heroin, MDMA and other Opiods.
  • Precursor chemicals that are imported and used to make illicit drugs.
Importation of illegal and dangerous weaponsBB guns, firearm parts and accessories, ammunition, daggers, automatic knives, butterfly knives, concealed knives and blades, laser pointers, and any other items declared under the Prohibited Items regulations.
Illegal import of tobacco productsIllegally imported cigarettes, molasses tobacco, whole plants or leaves.
Illegal import or export of currencyTaking currency out of, or into Australia. Amounts of $10,000 or more Australian dollars, or a foreign currency equivalent, must be declared. This includes negotiable monetary instruments.
Illegal import or export of faunaThe import or export of native or exotic wildlife/species without appropriate permissions.
Counterfeit goodsThe import or export of fake designer clothing, handbags, shoes, cosmetics, and perfumes.
Import or export of prohibited and restricted goodsSee importing and exporting prohibited and restricted goods for more information.
Trademark infringementThe unauthorised use of a trademark or service mark in conjunction with goods without the authorisation of the trademark owner.
Duty evasion and revenue evasionThe evasion of payment of any duty or revenue that is payable on goods crossing the border.
Goods containing AsbestosThe importation of any of the following fibrous forms of mineral silicates from the serpentine group: chrysotile (white asbestos), amphibole group- actinolite asbestos, amosite (brown and grey asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos) and tremolite asbestos.

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Report another offence or suspicious activity

If the information you are reporting does not relate to immigration, citizenship, customs or trade offences or infringements, please provide your information to the relevant agency below.

National security

The National Security Hotline is the single point of contact for the public to report possible signs of terrorism. It also provides information to callers on a wide range of national security matters.

Commonwealth crimes

For Commonwealth crimes or crimes that take place in the Australian Capital Territory, information can be referred to the Australian Federal Police.

Information for the police

To provide information to the police call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Suspected fraud against Medicare, Centrelink or Child Support programmes

The Australian Government Services Fraud Tip-off Line provides people with a place to report suspected fraud against Medicare, Centrelink and Child Support programs.
See: Reporting fraud at the Department of Human Services

Scams

SCAMwatch is a website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that helps to recognise, avoid and report scams.

Tax evasion

Tax evasion can be reported to the Australian Taxation Office.

Quarantine or biosecurity

Information that is a quarantine or biosecurity concern can be reported to the Department of Agriculture.

Workplace issues

The Fair Work Ombudsman ensures compliance with Australian workplace laws.

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