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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.

Bar chart showing people in community detention by location

This graph shows their nationalities.

Stacked column chart showing people in community detention by nationality

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

Stacked area chart showing length of time in community detention

The last graph shows the number of people who have spent more than two years in community detention. This data has only been reported since August 2020.

Stacked area chart showing number of people in community detention for over 2 years

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