The protection of our borders remains a priority for the Government, with continuing investment in measures to prevent, deter and disrupt people smuggling as well as initiatives to implement a breakthrough Regional Cooperation Framework.
Regional Cooperation Framework
The Government will provide $292 million to support a Regional Cooperation Framework agreed at the recent Bali Process Ministerial Conference through:
These measures along with other Government border security initiatives will deter people smuggling.
Prevention and deterrence
The Government is investing $95 million to work with governments of regional source and transit countries to:
Surveillance and detection
The Government is maintaining a strong surveillance presence in Australia's northern waters by:
Assessment and prosecution
An additional $108 million will be provided to maintain the Government's rigorous but fair asylum seeker processing system, including for scrutiny of refugee claims.
To complement the new offences and increased penalties for criminal groups involved in people smuggling, this Budget also provides funding for the prosecution of people smugglers.
*Excludes detention accommodation
Homeland and border security expenditure 2011‑12