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Thursday, 4 April 2019
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Immigration Detention

(Question No. 1244)


Ms McGowan asked the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, in writing, on 12 February 2019:

In respect of Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation, (a) what sum has been spent on expanding this facility, (b) what total number of detainees can it now accommodate, (c) what range of accommodation does it now offer, and (d) what total number of staff are required to operate this facility.


Mr Coleman: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) The cost of the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) Centre redevelopment works as at 31 January is $33.35m over the period 1 July 2017 to 31 January 2019.

(b) The operating capacity at MITA is 220 detainees and the contingency capacity is 259.

(c) The infrastructure works at MITA include construction of new flexible self-contained high security compounds to provide 140 beds and associated amenities.

(d) Currently there are 38 departmental staff working at the MITA facility. The Immigration Detention Facilities and Detainee Services Contract (the Contract) does not specify staffing ratios or staffing levels. The Facilities and Detainee Service Provider (FDSP's) staffing resources across the immigration detention network are based on projected detainee populations supplied by the Department for three-month future periods. As such, the FDSP is given sufficient notice to provide adequate staffing resources to meet their contractual obligations in providing services under the Contract. Within this framework, it is a matter for the FDSP to decide how to utilise their staffing resources at the facilities to ensure that services are being delivered in accordance with the Contract