offshore detention

Research report

1 Feb 2018

Australia has used a calculated system of neglect and cruelty to increase the hardship suffered by refugees and asylum seekers, but remains responsible for their fate and well-being. It cannot shirk its responsibility, shifting them from one detention centre to several others, in a cynical...

Commentary

12 Nov 2017

The Howard Government’s resolution of a crisis on Nauru in 2005 points the way forward for dealing with the people currently held on Manus Island, writes Michael Gordon.

Commentary

6 Nov 2017

Malcolm Turnbull could have responded in any of three ways to New Zealand’s offer to resettle refugees. Either of the two alternatives he rejected would have been more just and humane, writes Tessa Morris-Suzuki.

Blog post

27 Oct 2017

After five years, the Australian government practice of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus Island is about to finish.

Discussion paper

18 May 2017

This Consultation Paper (the Paper) aims to help those with an interest in conditions of places of detention to participate in the process that will determine how OPCAT is implemented in Australia.

Report

Shooting at Australia's refugee centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea
14 May 2017

The briefing directly contradicts initial claims made by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Papua New Guinea Police, suggesting that soldiers only fired bullets into the air during a shooting incident at the Manus Island detention centre in April 2017.

Research report

21 Apr 2017

On 12 September 2016, the Senate referred the following matters to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report.

The terms of reference were as follows;

The serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to...

Working paper

27 Mar 2017

This working paper reviews the current policy of removing failed asylum seekers in Australia and draws lessons from similar policy areas and reforms in the United Kingdom and Canada.

Audio interview

1 Nov 2016

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed 'deep concern' at the government's proposal to ban refugees who arrive by boat from ever entering Australia.

The UN body has reminded the Turnbull government that Australia has a responsibility to offer protection to all...

Research report

17 Oct 2016

The current policy of the Australian Government is that no person who arrives in the country by boat seeking asylum can ever settle in Australia. Instead, anyone who arrives by boat is forcibly taken to offshore 'Refugee Processing Centres,' one of which is on the...

Research report

14 Sep 2016

The Commission has endeavoured to identify options for responding to flight by sea which are consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations.

In publishing this paper, the Commission is seeking to make a positive contribution to this difficult policy area. We have sought to...

Research report

13 Sep 2016

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) management of procurement activity for garrison support and welfare services at the offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea (Manus Island) has fallen well short of effective procurement practice. This audit has identified serious and...

Policy report

Key recommendations from the Refugee Council of Australia
12 Sep 2016

The Refugee Council of Australia has always taken a principled stand against offshore processing. Our view has always been that the policy is cruel and inhumane, and that its human and financial cost can neither be justified nor sustained. We have also consistently maintained the...

Commentary

Article

16 Aug 2016

The ‘Nauru files,’ which detail reports of abuse in Australia’s asylum-seeker detention centre on Nauru, have received global attention since their release. They should provide a flashpoint for the Turnbull government to reassess the longstanding policy of offshore detention of asylum seekers before more serious...

Audio interview

Audio program

12 Aug 2016

On Wednesday, The Guardian released a slew of disturbing new examples of sexual abuse, self harm and appalling living conditions at Australia's immigration detention facility on Nauru. It's the largest ever cache of leaked documents from the island facility, with more than 2,000 incident reports...

Audio podcast

12 Aug 2016

The Guardian journalists discuss their handling of more than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru. Journalists spent several months combing through the Nauru files which set out the assaults, sexual violence, self-harm attempts...

Commentary

10 Aug 2016

More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru – totalling more than 8,000 pages – are published by the Guardian today. The Nauru files set out as never before the assaults, sexual abuse,...

Policy

Report

10 Aug 2016

The Policy Paper recommends that Australia end its harmful policies of offshore processing, boat turnbacks and the mandatory detention of people seeking asylum. The Policy Paper sets out practical and sound measures to be considered by the Australian government in order to adopt a just...

Research report

27 Apr 2016

This report argues that Australia must do more to address the culture of secrecy surrounding its immigration and asylum seeker policies. Secrecy increases risks to the health, safety, and dignity of people in our care and prevents the Australian public from knowing what is being...

Book

8 Jul 2011

This guide presents humane and cost effective mechanisms to prevent the unnecessary and damaging detention of refugees and aims to ensure that detention is only ever used as a last resort. Governments around the world are increasingly using detention as a migration management tool, with...