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Learn about detention
The Department of Home Affairs (formerly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) publishes on its website monthly and yearly statistics about people it detains. Its monthly statistics include the number of people in detention facilities in Australia, offshore processing centres, and in the community (either under a ‘residence determination’, or with a ‘bridging visa’.)
The following statistics focus on detention in Australia. There are different kinds of places where people are detained, known as Immigration Detention Centres (IDCs), Immigration Residential Housing (IRHs), Immigration Transit Accommodation (ITAs), and Alternative Places of Detention (APODs).
Please note that as of 12 November 2018, the latest official statistics are still only from 31 August 2018.
Key numbers (31 August 2018):
- Numbers of people in held detention: 1,303 with key sites being Villawood (485) and Yongah Hill (306)
- Average length of detention: 468 days, with 273people having spent more than 730 days in detention
- Numbers of people held in detention because they came seeking asylum by boat: 231
- Number of children: in detention facilities including ‘Alternative Places of Detention’: less than 5, in community detention: 185, and in the community on a bridging visa E: 2,756
- Number of people in community detention: 413,from Iran (234), stateless (48) or from Sri Lanka (33), with 244 people having spent more than 730 days in community detention
- Key nationalities of people in detention: New Zealand (180), Iran (106), Vietnam (102), and Sri Lanka (81).