Asylum seekers living in the community who engage in anti-social or "inconsiderate" behaviour face being locked up, stripped of their visas or having their welfare payments docked under a behaviour code to be released by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison today.
The code of conduct will apply to 33,000 people in Australia on bridging visas and traverses existing criminal law, relatively minor infringements through to behavioural expectations.
"You must not harass, intimidate or bully any other person or group of people or engage in any antisocial or disruptive activities that are inconsiderate, disrespectful or threaten the peaceful enjoyment of other members of the community," one rule reads.
Lying to government officials, giving false identity documents and failing to comply with "reasonable" requests from the Immigration Department or its agents are all offences under the code, as are disobeying any Australian law, including road laws, non- consensual sex and failure to abide by directions on seeking medical treatment.
The undertakings make it clear that failure to abide by the code could lead to asylum seekers being returned to detention, having their income support "reduced or ceased" or their visas cancelled.
"The code provides a proper basis for bridging visas to be cancelled and to prevent people from reapplying, depending on the seriousness of the breach," Mr Morrison said.
"In cases where criminal charges are laid, visas are now cancelled by this Government and the alleged offender taken back immediately into detention until their cases are determined.
"In serious cases, those who breach the code could be liable not just to be taken back into detention but transferred to offshore processing centres at Nauru and Manus Island, regardless of when they first arrived."
He said 35 bridging visa holders had been convicted of criminal offences since the September 7 election, including murder, theft and indecent assault.
"While the Government has never suggested IMAs (illegal maritime arrivals) are charged with offences disproportionately to the wider community, the fact remains that had Labor not failed so spectacularly on our borders, those charged would never have been released on bridging visas in the first place," he said.
When Mr Morrison proposed "behaviour protocols" for asylum seekers in February, some of his colleagues accused him of vilifying asylum seekers.