Operational update #3 - Disturbance at Christmas Island Detention Centre

Current as at 1830 AEST 09 November 2015

The Christmas Island Immigration Detention Facility remains calm as the Department and its service providers work to restore order to the centre.

A male detainee who sought medical treatment unrelated to the disturbance was evacuated from the detention centre and is receiving treatment for a medical condition. There are no other reports of injuries to detainees or staff.  

Negotiations are continuing with those detainees engaging in protest action with a view to resolving the situation peacefully and as soon as possible.

The perimeter of the centre remains secure and patrols by service provider staff are continuing.

No damage assessment has yet been conducted but reports of large scale fires destroying buildings are incorrect.

The majority of immigration detainees on Christmas Island have had their visas cancelled under section 501 of the Migration Act.

A second group of detainees who arrived in Australia as Illegal Maritime Arrivals have breached their Bridging Visa conditions, or are the subject of an adverse security assessment.  

The remaining group is a combination of visa overstayers or those who have otherwise breached visa conditions.

All were assessed as requiring accommodation in a higher security facility for reasons including their criminal history in Australia or overseas, or their previous behaviour in immigration detention.

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