Australia is gaining the upper hand in its fight against people smugglers, with no asylum seeker boats arriving in the past week, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has declared.
People smugglers now face enhanced co-operation between Australia and Indonesia following ministerial talks held recently in Jakarta, Mr Morrison told journalists in Sydney on Friday.
In his weekly briefing to media, Mr Morrison said there had been no boat intercepts in the week ending October 31, while only five boats carrying 339 asylum seekers were intercepted for the month.
The last time fewer than five boats had arrived in Australia in a month was March last year.
"There is a sea change, there is a shift ... in the level of activity coming to Australia," he said.
"For the first time in five years we are now getting the upper hand over the people smugglers and we do not intend to yield this ever again.
"This is not due to any one measure, or any one policy, but the combined effects of all measures, the professional and swift implementation of those measures and the strong resolve of this government on our borders that does what it says."
Operation Sovereign Borders commander Lieutenant General Angus Campbell confirmed no boats had arrived in Australian waters in the week up to 9am (AEDT) Friday.
Mr Morrison said the people smuggling trade was now highly vulnerable to the cooperative approach of Indonesia and Australia.
But he expected there would be more boat arrivals going into the monsoon season.
Mr Morrison recently returned from Jakarta after holding talks with its minister for law and human rights Amir Syamsuddin and attending meetings with 40 senior officials from key Indonesian agencies.
It was a follow-up to the meeting between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in late September.
While Mr Morrison wouldn't go into the detail of the discussions, he said he was extremely optimistic about what could be achieved in the future to fight the people smuggling trade.
He said both countries had a shared interest in resolving the problem, and that Australia remained committed to maintaining a "no surprises" communication policy with Indonesia with "direct and private dialogue" at an operational level.
"This co-operation carries a very strong message all on its own," Mr Morrison said.
"Smugglers and their passengers face a combined effort from the governments of Indonesia and Australia to prevent them entering and leaving Indonesia to get to Australia by boat."
An Iraqi man will face court for allegedly organising three boats to take 763 people from Indonesia to Australian waters in 2001.
Two federal police were sent to pick up Sayed Omeid in Kuala Lumper last week before flying him to Australia.
He is expected to face court in Perth on Friday.
So far 1137 people are being detained at offshore processing centres at Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, with 591 on Nauru.
Since Operation Sovereign Borders began a little over a month ago, a total of 67 people have voluntarily returned to their country of origin from offshore processing centres.