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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 shows the number of people who have been in community detention for different periods of time.

This graph shows how long people are spending in community detention. On average, as at 31 October 2023, the average period was 1,502 days.

The last graph shows the breakdown of the length of time people spent in community detention for those who have been in this arrangement for over two years. This data has only been reported since August 2020.

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