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Statistics on people in detention in Australia

Number of people in detention in Australia

Detention facilities

The following statistics focus on detention in Australia. There are different kinds of places where people are detained, known as Immigration Detention Centres (IDCs), Immigration Transit Accommodation (ITAs), and Alternative Places of Detention (APODs).

On 31 May 2019, there were 1,270 people in detention facilities. This included 82 women and 1,185 men.

Area chart of people in detention

Change over time

There has been significant change in the number of people detained in the past ten years. The current figure is a significant decrease from 5,697 in January 2013. However, it is high when compared to 375 in January 2009.

Line chart showing detention over time biannually

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Do you have a question about our statistics, or would you like to know more information? Contact us at policy@refugeecouncil.org.au.