March 12, 2013
HMAS Ararat, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-east of Christmas Island today.
Initial indications suggest there are 56 people on board.
Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers to be transferred to Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.
People arriving by boat without a visa after 13 August 2012 run the risk of transfer to a regional processing country.