Senate debates

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Questions without Notice

Immigration Detention

2:28 pm

Photo of Mitch FifieldMitch Fifield (Victoria, Liberal Party, Minister for Communications) Share this | Hansard source

Thanks, Senator Griff, for the question. The first point I should make is that the regional processing centres in Nauru are open accommodation sites, and residents are able to move about freely. The government of Nauru manages and administers the Nauru Regional Processing Centre under its laws. The department does provide capacity-building and funding to Nauru to operate the RPCs and coordinate the contract administration process. The temporary settlement of refugees in Nauru is the responsibility of the government of Nauru, and Nauru determined refugees are eligible for a limited time visa. All refugees in Nauru receive settlement support services, including needs-based case management, income support, cultural orientation, employment and vocational support, and language training. The department is working closely with the government of Nauru and service providers to strengthen programs for children, providing funding for youth-specific sports services such as out-of-school-hour activities.

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