The year 2017-2018 has been a tumultuous period for Australian refugee policy, as evidenced by the recent Department of Home Affairs annual report. Refugee and Humanitarian Program In 2017–18, the Government’s...
Detention of people seeking asylum in AustraliaIn Australia, anyone who does not have a valid visa is required to be detained. This means that people seeking asylum are generally detained, often for long and uncertain periods. There is no independent review of the decision to detain, and people have been detained for increasingly long periods. The detention of people seeking asylum under this regime is one of the harshest in the world, and causes terrible suffering. You can also find more information by type here.
This brief provides an overview of Australia’s role in stopping refugees leaving Indonesia en route to Australia, and highlights the precarious situation refugees now face in Indonesia.
Submission to the Inquiry on the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017
In this submission, the Refugee Council of Australia expresses profound concerns about the likely effect of the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 on people in...
Other reports on detention
Factsheets & resources on detention
This fact sheet is for people wanting to assist people seeking asylum in immigration detention who appear to be suffering harm because of their prolonged detention.
If you are in detention and are seeking asylum, this factsheet tells you how to ask not to be sent to Nauru or Papua New Guinea and who you can complain to about conditions in detention.