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Industry to be briefed on immigration detention needs.



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Senator Amanda Vanstone MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

Media Release

Industry to be Briefed on Immigration Detention Needs 11 August 2006

The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Amanda Vanstone, today announced industry consultations prior to the release of a new tender for services in immigration detention facilities.

"We're committed to providing the best possible service to people in our care and we're now seeking feedback from industry on how these services and facilities can be provided," Senator Vanstone said.

"Earlier this year, I announced that we would be re-tendering for detention and health services. This followed an independent review of our detention services contract.

"As a result of this review, the new contract will have a greater focus on clients, health and psychological services. These services will now be provided under a separate contract to be managed by the department.

"Industry consultations will begin in late August and we're looking for input from organisations with experience in a range of services including health, vocational and recreational programs, transport and logistics, facilities management, catering and cleaning, and security and escorting services.

"The new contracts will be for services at immigration detention facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Perth, Christmas Island and Port Augusta. In addition, they will cover a broader range of new accommodation options in capital cities around Australia."

Organisations wanting to take part in industry consultations should email DSDTender.Branch@immi.gov.au by 5pm, Friday 25 August 2006.

Registration is not compulsory and failure to register will not limit or restrict any subsequent tenders for service provision.

Minister’s media contact: 0417 445 886