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Statistics on people in detention in Australia

Community detention

As well as holding people in detention, the Australian government also uses a form of detention referred to as ‘community detention’, where people live in the community but in a specified place determined by the government (known as ‘residence determinations’), under certain restrictions.The number of people in community detention has decreased in recent years.

The first graph below shows where people in community detention live.

This graph shows their nationalities.

The last graph shows the length of time they spend in community detention.

This work was only made possible through the contributions of volunteers, past and present, including: Dikea Binch, Jasmine Erkan, Amna Bakhtiar, Stephen Fodorocy, Michael Li, and Andrew Lok.


Number of children in onshore detention

Length of time in onshore detention

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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.