Detention

I am in immigration detention in Australia. Can UNHCR assist me?

UNHCR is not involved in determining asylum claims in Australia.

UNHCR recommends you seek the advice of lawyer or registered migration agent in preparing your claim. A list of registered migration agents is available at the Australian Migration Agents Registration Authority.

UNHCR visits immigration detention centres from time to time to monitor whether the treatment of asylum-seekers in detention is in accordance with international standards but does not investigate individual complaints about conditions of detention.

If you have concerns regarding conditions of detention you can contact the Australian Human Rights Commission or the Commonwealth Ombudsman:

Australian Human Rights Commission

Phone: 1300 656 419 (local call) or (02) 9284 9888

TTY: 1800 620 241 (toll free)

Fax: (02) 9284 9611

Email: infoservice@humanrights.gov.au

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Phone: 1300 362 072 (calls from mobile phones at mobile phone rates)

Fax: (02) 6276 0123

SMS: 0413 COM OMB (0413 266 662) (standard carrier rates apply)

Email: ombudsman@ombudsman.gov.au