Release of Doogan Review

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has today released an independent review into a decision which saw a number of Save the Children Australia (SCA) staff removed from providing services to transferees at the Nauru Regional Processing Centre (RPC) in October 2014.

The review was commissioned by the Department in May 2015 and was conducted by Adjunct Professor Christopher M. Doogan.

The report is available on the DIBP website, and has been released with redactions where required to protect personal information and information given in confidence by individuals.

The Department has accepted the recommendations, and will implement them subject to acting in accordance with other relevant legal obligations.

The review found that the Department was contractually entitled to take the action it did in recommending the staff be removed from the RPC. However, it also found that the information available at the time the removal clause was activated did not warrant issuing the removal.

The Department recognises SCA staff were providing services to the Government of Nauru in difficult and challenging circumstances. It also recognises departmental staff were seeking to act in the best interests of transferees.

The Department will continue to engage with SCA and legal representatives of its former staff.

The report can be accessed at the following link: https://www.border.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/reviews-and-inquiries/doogan-report.pdf

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

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