A last resort?
National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention
Australasian Correctional Management Pty Limited
During the period of the Inquiry, immigration detention facilities
in Australia were managed for the Department by Australasian Correctional
Management, although the Department maintains an official presence at
each immigration detention facility.
An asylum seeker is someone who has fled their own country
and applies to the government of another country for protection as a refugee.
People experiencing persecution have a recognised human right to seek
asylum in other countries.
A child is defined by the Convention on the Rights of the
Child as anyone aged under 18 years
Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out specific
rights for children, such as the right to health and education and protection
from abuse and exploitation. The Convention requires that the 'best interests'
of the child must be a primary consideration in any decision that concerns
him or her. It also requires detention to be 'a measure of last resort'
and for the 'shortest appropriate period of time'.
The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous
This is the Commonwealth agency responsible for implementing
Australia's immigration laws and policies.
The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous
A refugee, as defined by the Convention relating to the Status
of Refugees, is someone who is outside their own country and cannot return
due to a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion,
nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.
Temporary Protection Visa
A Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) is a three year visa granted
to some refugees in Australia. After three years, the person has to apply
again to stay in Australia on the basis that they are still a refugee
and that it would not be safe for them to return to their country of origin.
An unaccompanied minor is a child who arrives in Australia
without his or her parents or a close relative over 21 years of age.