Operational update #4 - Disturbance at Christmas Island Detention Centre

Current as at 2100 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.

Service provider staff have re-entered and maintain control of central facilities of the centre, including the administration areas and health clinic. The perimeter of the centre remains secure, with regular patrols.

Service provider staff are continuing to engage with detainees and have commenced a food service.

A number of detainees with pre-existing medical conditions have now been without medication for some time and service providers are negotiating with those still protesting to allow the provision of medicines to these individuals.  

A number of additional resources are being flown to Christmas Island this evening, to relieve Departmental and service provider staff who have been engaged in search and rescue and incident response operations since the escape incident on Saturday.

The additional resources will ensure there are no time constraints on efforts designed to resolve the situation through negotiation without further property damage and without injury to individuals.

Media contact: Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244

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