Number of people in detention in Australia
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 December 2020, there were 1,513 people in detention facilities. This included 1,458 men.
The monthly statistics only show how many people are in detention at a point in time (at the end of each month). However, an answer to a question on notice shows that the total number of people detained over a year is very high, close to 10,000 people
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.