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The federal government will release a report within days on how Australian border protection vessels breached Indonesian territorial waters.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said he had planned to release it on Tuesday, but was waiting until his opposition counterpart Richard Marles could be briefed on the report.

Mr Marles had been unavailable for a scheduled briefing on Tuesday because he was dealing with the closure of the Alcoa aluminium smelter in his Victorian electorate.

The report by Defence and Customs came after Australia apologised to Indonesia for "unintentional" incursions as part of Operation Sovereign Borders.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa says he raised the region's asylum seeker situation in talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday.

He said the purpose was not to express his disquiet with Australia turning back boats, which he recently described as a policy that was counter to protecting human rights.

But he did point out to Mr Kerry that the Abbott government policy was not in accordance with the Bali Process on regional migration.

"It's not for me to express whatever," he told AAP in Jakarta on Tuesday.

"I feel it's a matter of courtesy for Indonesia to inform our friends, even to Australia, where we are, so that there's no misperception, misunderstanding."