Businesses, Agents and Trade Professionals

Immigration detention facilities

This section describes the types of detention facilities we manage and the location of these facilities.

Types of immigration detention facilities

We have four types of immigration detention facilities in Australia:

  • immigration detention centre (IDC)
  • immigration residential housing (IRH)
  • immigration transit accommodation (ITA)
  • alternative place of detention (APOD).

They are used flexibly to manage different caseloads.

In addition to immigration detention facilities, detainees can also be accommodated in community based arrangements.

Immigration detention centres (IDC)

IDCs are for people who have overstayed their visa, are in breach of their visa conditions or who have come here without a valid visa. People who are refused entry into Australia at international airports and seaports may also be detained in IDCs. This type of facility provides accommodation for medium and high risk detainees.

We manage the following IDCs:

  • North West Point IDC (Christmas Island)
  • Maribyrnong IDC
  • Perth IDC
  • Villawood IDC
  • Yongah Hill IDC.

Immigration residential housing (IRH)

IRH is flexible housing that allows detainees in immigration detention to have more autonomy. The benefit of this domestic style of accommodation is that detainees are able to cook their own food and control many aspects of their household. In addition to the usual recreational and social activities, detainees are also able to go shopping and take part in community events.

We currently manage Perth IRH.

Immigration transit accommodation (ITA)

ITA provides hostel-style accommodation for detainees which includes food services as well as self-catering for snacks. The detention services provider provides programmes and activities, including onsite recreational facilities.

We manage the following ITA:

  • Brisbane ITA
  • Melbourne ITA
  • Adelaide ITA.

Alternative place of detention (APOD)

This type of facility is for detainees we assess as being minimal risk to our communities. APODs are often used to accommodate families, children and detainees in need of medical treatment. In addition to detention facilities, APODs can be in the form of rented housing in the community, hotel rooms and other community housing through arrangements with other government departments.

We currently manage Wickham Point APOD in the Northern Territory.


Map of operational facilities

Map of operational facilities (206KB PDF)