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Christmas Island - Immigration Detention Centre


Christmas Island - Territory of Australia
Immigration and Detention Centre
Aerial partial view of Immigration Detention Centre
Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre Reception and Coomunication
Phosphate Hill Temporary Immigration Unit (Alpha & Charlies compound)

Christmas Island Immigration Reception and Processing Centre or commonly just Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre, is an Australian immigration detention facility located on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

Temporary facilities for asylum seekers were established on Christmas Island at Phosphate Hill in late 2001. However, this temporary facility was found to be inadequate in terms of size, amenity and security. On 12 March 2002, the Australian Government announced the replacement of the existing temporary facility and the construction of a purpose designed and built IRPC on Christmas Island with a capacity of 1200 people. In June 2002, after a tender process, a contractor was appointed to design and construct the facility on a fast track basis.
However due to the reduction in the number of unauthorised boat arrivals in 2001 and 2002 (no unauthorised boat arrivals had reached the Australian mainland since mid 2001), the Australian Government announced on 19 February 2003 to scale back the proposed 1200 person IRPC to 800 places. The existing construction contract was terminated.
In September 2003, it was decided to proceed with the construction of the centre with accommodation capacity for approximately 800 people; 416 housed in purpose-designed and built accommodation units, and a further 384 in basic contingency accommodation.

The centre was constructed on a 40 ha site, formerly a phosphate mining lease, at the north-western end of Christmas Island, next to the Christmas Island National Park. The A$208 million centre was built by Baulderstone from January 2005 until August 2006, for the Department of Finance and Administration. It consists of eight accommodation units, education and recreation building, tennis courts and central sports area. Central facilities include induction/visiting area, main reception, administration centre, conference centre, kitchen, laundry and stores, medical centre and utilities building. External facilities include warehouse and visitor processing building.
In 2009, the capacity of the centre was increased to 1800 places and in early 2010 to 2040 places. In February 2010, the Federal Government announced to further increase the capacity to between 2200 and 2300 places "within a couple of weeks". In April 2010 there were 2208 people in the detention centre.

Accommodation options outside the Immigration Detention Centre:
Phosphate Hill: The Phosphate Hill temporary immigration detention facility was opened in 2001 and is located about 5 kilometres from the settled areas of Christmas Island, adjacent to community recreation facilities. This complex provides accommodation units, medical facility, gymnasium, classroom, recreational facilities and commercial kitchen.
Accommodation units in unfenced areas in the Alpha and Charlie compounds are suitable for single women, unaccompanied minors, families, or vulnerable clients. The area has capacity for up to approximately 192 people depending on family composition. A separate fenced area around the Bravo compound is available, if required, to accommodate up to 48 adults.
Construction Camp: Located adjacent to the Phosphate Hill facility, the Construction Camp has demountable style accommodation with a medical area, gymnasium, recreational areas and commercial kitchen. The facility has an operational capacity of 200 and is suitable for accommodating single women, unaccompanied minors, families, or vulnerable clients.
Community Detention: The department has a number of properties in the Christmas Island community that can be used flexibly for Community Detention or for staff accommodation depending on operational requirements. The Community Detention units are located at Drumsite and can accommodate up to 44 persons.

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