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Statistics on people in detention in Australia

Where people are in detention

The monthly statistics include the numbers of people in different immigration detention facilities, including the numbers of men, women and children.

The largest populations are in Villawood (in Sydney) and Yongah Hill (in WA). Christmas Island was effectively closed in early October 2018 but has been in ‘contingency mode’ in April 2018. In September, the family previously living in Bileola, Queensland became the first people to be detained there in 2019. Maribyrnong IDC was also closed in December 2018.

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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.