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Wednesday, 6 June 2001
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Mr Kerr asked the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 24 May 2001:

What are the arrangements or the timetable for determining whether Australasian Correctional Management's contract for the management of immigration detention centres will be renewed, modified or terminated.


Mr Ruddock (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Department issued a media release on 25 May 2001, which addressed this issue.

The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) announced that the provision of detention services at immigration detention facilities would go to tender. The tender would cover provision of services at Villawood, Perth and Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centres and the Woomera, Curtin and Port Hedland Immigration Reception and Processing Centres.

A General Agreement between DIMA and Australasian Correctional Services (ACS) for the provision of detention services extends for 10 years from 28 February 1998. Under the General Agreement, ACS entered into a Detention Services Contract which comes to an end in December 2001.

Under the terms of the General Agreement, ACS has submitted an offer to provide detention services for a further three years. This offer has not been accepted by DIMA because DIMA could not be satisfied that the offer represented best value for money.

The detailed arrangements to initiate the tender process are currently being developed.