The Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime

About the Bali Process

Since its inception in 2002, the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime (Bali Process) has effectively raised regional awareness of the consequences of people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crime. It is a forum for policy dialogue, information sharing and practical cooperation to help the region address these challenges. The Bali Process Strategy for Cooperation, including a forward work program of activities, guides the work of the Bali Process in implementing priorities directed by Ministers.

The Bali Process, co-chaired by Indonesia and Australia, has more than 48 members, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as a number of observer countries and international agencies. It also includes the Ad Hoc Group, bringing together those most-affected member countries, and relevant international organisations, to address specific people smuggling, trafficking in persons, and irregular migration issues in the region.

The Regional Support Office (RSO) of the Bali Process was also established to support and strengthen practical cooperation on refugee protection and international migration, including human trafficking and smuggling, and other components of migration management in the region.

At the Sixth Bali Process Ministerial Conference (March 2016), Ministers confirmed the core objectives and priorities of the Bali Process through the endorsement of the Bali Process Declaration on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime. The Declaration acknowledges the growing scale and complexity of irregular migration challenges both within and outside the Asia Pacific region and supports measures that would contribute to comprehensive long term strategies addressing the crimes of people smuggling and human trafficking as well as reducing migrant exploitation by expanding safe, legal and affordable migration pathways.

At the Sixth Bali Process Ministerial Conference, two key outcomes agreed by Ministers were a ‘Consultation Mechanism’ to allow the Co-Chairs to convene discussions on emergency irregular migration situations, and a Review of the region’s response to last year’s Andaman Sea events. The Co-Chairs have prepared draft concept documents to implement these outcomes. Members and participating countries/agencies are invited to provide comment on these documents.

Bali Process Consultation Mechanism

The Co-Chairs have prepared a draft Concept Note for operationalising the consultation mechanism. We invite members' and participating countries’/agencies’ input on this Concept Note.

Refer to Bali Process Consultation Mechanism Concept Note

Review of 2015 Andaman Sea events

Australia and Indonesia have agreed on draft Terms of Reference for the implementation of the Review of the Andaman Sea events. We invite members' and participating countries’/agencies’ input on the Terms of Reference.

Refer to Bali Process review of Andaman Sea regional response

Responses should be sent to both Co-Chairs to the email addresses bali.process@dfat.gov.au and bali.process@kemlu.go.id by 1 August 2016. It is expected that comments on these drafts will be published on this website.