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Men in detention centre

Australia’s detention policies

Who monitors detention in Australia?

Types of detention facilities

People are detained in different types of places (often called ‘detention facilities’) in Australia:

  • Immigration Detention Centres (IDC) – closed detention centres for those considered to be higher risk
  • Immigration Transit Accommodation (ITA) – lower-security centres
  • Immigration Residential Housing (IRH) – a place where people are able to self-cater and go in the community to shop and take part in community events
  • Alternative Places of Detention (APOD) – places where those who are at lowest risk, or for people who need medical treatment.

APODs can also involve housing in the community, hotel rooms and other community housing. A hospital can also be an APOD if a person in detention is transferred to a hospital for physical or mental health issues. Many of those who were transferred to Australia from PNG and Nauru are now living in APODs. The Australian Government considers that ITAs, IRHs and APODs are suitable for housing children.

Current detention facilities

The map below shows current places of detention in Australia.

See current detention facilities and contact details

Statistics on people in detention

Australians can visit people in detention.

Visit people in detention (Home Affairs)

However, policies are making it harder for people to visit detention.

Our report, Unwelcome Visitors

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