An illegal fishing vessel was located in the vicinity of Daintree River, a mangrove estuary in Far North Queensland state, the home affairs department said.
On Aug. 26, locals saw people abandoning a boat and running into a rainforest near Cape Kimberley, an area known for its crocodile-infested waters.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton confirmed that the boat is part of a people-smuggling operation, the first that's been seen in Australia in nearly four years.
The ABC added that two others, including the boat's captain, were still missing.
"We will work with the agencies to make sure we can repatriate these people back to their country of origin, once we understand the facts of the matter", Dutton told reporters.
Peter Ward, one of the fishermen, said he found the two men on the banks of the Daintree river-not far from where the boat ran aground, the Australian reported.
Some of the boat arrivals were found by police in Queensland.
No no longer as much as four men were arrested within the crocodile-infested Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland eventually of a determined look for a bunch of suspected asylum seekers.It be believed there would be a pair of dozen individuals on the plod.Two men were arrested within the Daintree Forest, with bigger than two dozen tranquil on the plod.
"The unknown thing is did they actually end up going through the mangroves". The method is a way to circumvent global law, which states that illegal migrants have some protections - but only if they arrive in the country where they seek asylum.
One Nation senator Pauline Hanson appeared on Sunrise this morning, and suggested the boatload of people made a decision to embark on their voyage to Australia because of the leadership spill.
They are either turned back or sent to camps on islands such as Manus and Nauru, where conditions have been widely criticised.
Even if found to be refugees, they will never be offered resettlement in Australia - a controversial policy created to deter future arrivals.
Nine News reports the captured have since been treated by paramedics for fever and chills and transported to Cairns.
MP George Christensen has since taken to social media to call for better border protection.
Most asylum-seeker boats that have arrived in Australia in recent years embarked from Indonesia, though some originated in Sri Lanka. Queensland Police refused to comment.
Mr Ciobo, the incoming defence industry minister, said the incident showed there would always be people trying to sneak into Australia.