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Detention assurance team to monitor service provider standards

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Scott Morrison MP

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Detention assurance team to monitor service provider standards

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A dedicated team will be formed within the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to strengthen assurance oversight of the integrity and the management of immigration detention services, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Scott Morrison, said today.

'Service providers contracted to manage immigration detention do a good job in what can be challenging circumstances but it is important the government has the ability to independently ensure the integrity of service providers at detention centres,' Minister Morrison said.

'The Detention Assurance Team (DAT) will monitor the effectiveness of the high standards in place for detention service providers including, where necessary and appropriate, recommending action to deal with credible allegations of misconduct should they arise.

'Those who serve in our detention network must act with integrity, in accordance with the law and within the terms of their employer's contract. There is no place in our detention network for those who fail to comply with these standards.

'The DAT is being stood up as part of an overall integrity and assurance framework being created in the new Department.

'The DAT will consist of staff within the Risk and Assurance Branch in the Department's national office. It will draw on capabilities as required from other divisions, such as intelligence and analysis.

'From 1 December it will also have access to the resources of the new Integrity, Security and Assurance Division being established across the Immigration and Border Protection portfolio.

'The team will operate independently of service providers and current contract management arrangements within DIBP. It will:

 provide independent advice to the Secretary of the Department on assurance oversight of the management and performance of detention service providers  undertake investigations and support commissioned inquiries into allegations or incidents in the onshore and offshore detention network, such as the Moss

Review  provide assurance that recommendations for improvement in detention contractor management processes are implemented and their effectiveness

reviewed  audit the effectiveness of contract and other detention service performance measures

 ensure the effectiveness of integrity and other risk controls  identify trends and emerging issues in detention contract management and recommend strategies for improvement.

'My Department will address any gaps that may exist in the oversight of its service providers.

'My Department takes its duty of care to detainees seriously and works with the detention service providers to ensure these standards are met,' Minister Morrison said.