Date: 
Wednesday 11 October 2017

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the findings of its inspections of the Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre (MIDC) and the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention facilities.

The Commission has previously welcomed the reduction in the overall number of people in immigration detention, and particularly the release of almost all children from closed immigration detention facilities.

However, the Commission remains concerned about aspects of the detention system that may lead to breaches of international human rights law.

The inspections of the MIDC and MITA facilities in March 2017 revealed significant concerns about risk assessment processes, the use of restraints, living conditions, access to health care and restrictions on mobile phone use.

The Commission also documented concerns about the negative impacts of detention on mental health, especially on people detained for prolonged periods, and the limitations of the Department’s case management process.

The Commission recommends improvements to Australia’s compliance with international human rights obligations relating to immigration detention.

The Commission acknowledges the assistance received for its inspections of detention facilities from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Border Force and from detention service providers.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has responded to the Commission’s recommendations. These responses are published alongside the Commission reports.

Read the reports and the Department’s responses here.

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