Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget

Part 3: Capital Measures (Continued)

Immigration and Citizenship

Immigration detention facilities — capital

Capital ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Immigration and Citizenship 20.7 3.2

The Government will provide $24.0 million over two years for capital works at two sites that are to be used as new immigration detention facilities.

This measure will provide $14.8 million to upgrade a Defence facility at Pontville, Tasmania, that is to be used as a temporary detention centre to accommodate up to 400 single men.

The Government will lease a privately built facility at Wickham Point in the Northern Territory that is to be used as an immigration detention centre. This measure provides capital funding of $9.2 million over two years to enhance administration, medical and security amenities to ensure appropriate accommodation for irregular maritime arrivals. On completion the facility will accommodate up to 1500 single men.

The associated leasing and operating costs for the facilities will be met through resources in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship provided for this purpose.

To relieve pressure on existing detention facilities, the Government will also expand the detention accommodation at Darwin Airport Lodge by up to 400 beds by the middle of the year and will extend its use of Scherger Air Force Base.

Further information can be found in the press releases of 3 March 2011 and 5 April 2011 issued by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

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