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Statistics on people in detention in Australia

Children in detention

This graph shows the number of children in held detention (usually not in immigration detention centres, but in other kinds of facilities), as well as the number living in the community under a residence determination.

While children are not generally placed in detention centres, there have been some cases. In April 2013, 31 children were placed in Northern IDC in Darwin. In July 2014, 157 Sri Lankan people seeking asylum by boat were detained on an Australian customs vessel for four weeks. People in this group, including 50 children as young as one, were detained in Curtin detention centre in WA before being transferred to Nauru. These 50 children are not included in the graph as they were not included in the monthly detention statistics published by the Department of Immigration.

Area chart showing number of children in detention

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