The end of tax payer funded immigration advice for people arriving in Australia on illegal boats or by other means is set to save the country $100 million, it has been announced.

As part of a wider policy to deter people from arriving in the country illegally by boat taxpayer funded immigration advice and assistance to people who arrived in Australia illegally by boat has now been stopped.

Scott Morrison, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, said that Australia's protection obligations do not extend to providing free immigration advice and assistance to those who arrived in Australia illegally.

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Australia will not extend providing free immigration advice and assistance to those who arrive in Australia illegally​

'People who arrived illegally by boat, as well as illegally by air, will no longer receive taxpayer funded immigration advice and assistance under the Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (IAAAS.) This election commitment will save the budget $100 million,' he explained.

'The withdrawal of taxpayer funded immigration advice and assistance does not prevent those who arrived illegally having access to legal assistance. In addition, those who wish to provide immigration advice and application assistance pro bono are free to do so,' he added.

He also pointed out that access to any private and/or pro bono immigration advice by illegal boat or air arrivals will be facilitated by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, with all costs to be met by the providers of these services.

'If people choose to violate how Australia chooses to run our refugee and humanitarian programme, they should not presume upon the support and assistance that is provided to those who seek to come the right way, and they should certainly not receive additional assistance, as they did under the previous government,' Morrison said.

'Under these changes the government will provide illegal arrivals clear instructions in multiple languages setting out the asylum application and assessment process and will provide interpreters. This is similar to the process employed by the UNHCR around the world,' he added.

He also pointed out that affected persons seeking Australia's protection and IAAAS providers will be notified of these changes. Services that have already commenced will be completed, however, the IAAAS will not continue for any additional part of the process that would incur an additional fee.

'The government will provide a small amount of additional support to those who are considered vulnerable, including unaccompanied minors and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is currently considering the most effective and efficient way to provide this support,' he concluded.