The Regional Support Office of the Bali Process (RSO) was established in 2012 to provide technical support to Bali Process Members and to strengthen cooperation on refugee protection and international migration, including trafficking in persons, people smuggling and related transnational crime.
The RSO is the only cooperation mechanism of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region and draws on policy knowledge, technical expertise and operational experience from Bali Process Members and other key stakeholders to translate ambitions into action and real-world impact. This includes supporting Member States through a whole-of-government approach, to improve border and migration management, protection of vulnerable persons and responses to transnational crime.
The Bali Process
The Bali Process
The Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime is a non-binding, international and multilateral forum that supports collaboration, dialogue and policy development relating to irregular migration in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Established in 2002, and co-chaired by the Governments of Australia and Indonesia, the Bali Process brings together 45 Member States and 4 Member Organisations, covering a wide geography ranging across the Asia-Pacific, and reaching across to Europe, Africa and North America.
RSO Alumni Network promotes cross-border information sharing through community of practitioners
The RSO Alumni Network launched in December 2023—marking a milestone in network-building and information-sharing among practitioners dedicated to countering trafficking in persons, people smuggling, and related transnational crime.
The RSO works with Bali Process members to translate Bali Process commitments into action and real-world impact—through partnerships and policy development, knowledge transfer, operational capacity-building and training and the sharing of information and best practice. The RSO brings Member States together through training activities, research, policy briefs, workshops and roundtables—supporting dialogue, and policy development and coordination.
Thematic areas of focus for the RSO include supporting Member States in efforts to counter people smuggling and trafficking in persons, to stay ahead of evolving modus operandi of transnational criminal networks and emerging opportunities and challenges around technology, and to support understanding of irregular migration and regional priorities across the Bali Process region.
The RSO works with regional partners to support the knowledge and skills development of operational personnel across the Bali Process membership, including law enforcement officers, border and immigration officials, maritime officers, government officials and wider practitioners in countering trafficking in persons and people smuggling.
A focus on research and enquiry enables the RSO to support Bali Process Member States to identify regional priorities relating to irregular migration trends, and to develop strategies to enhance regional awareness and improve the knowledge base.
Find out more about some of the different ways Bali Process members can engage with the RSO, contribute to our activities and shape our Work Plan.
The RSO welcomes suggestions for collaboration and ideas for new activities and projects from across the Bali Process membership. If you would like to partner with the RSO in any way, or to suggest new programmes of activity or support, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay connected with peers from across the Bali Process membership and with the RSO. Our networks include the RSO Alumni, and a proposed refresh of the Regional Information, Liaison and Outreach Network (RILON) Initiative.
The RSO Secondment Programme supports the hosting of officials from Bali Process Member States in a four to six month placement in the RSO offices in Bangkok, Thailand to work on a discrete project. Secondments support strengthening of technical capacity across Member States, and allow Member States to share good practices and high-level capacities through and with the RSO.