Incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre from 16 February to 18 February 2014

11 December 2014

© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-76010-103-9

View the report as a single document - (PDF 3055KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the committee (PDF 30KB)
List of abbreviations (PDF 9KB)
Recommendations (PDF 67KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 587KB)

Referral of the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
A note on terminology
Report structure
Other relevant inquiries and investigations

Chapter 2 - Administrative arrangements at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (PDF 225KB)

Role of PNG authorities in relation to the centre
Contractual arrangements between the department and service providers
Role of Australian departmental officials at the centre
Employment of local workers by contracted service providers
Adequacy of staff training for service provider employees

Chapter 3 - Conditions and service provision at the Manus Island RPC (PDF 357KB)

Size and composition of the population of asylum seekers
Physical facilities and environment at the RPC
Concerns relating to the adequacy of healthcare services
Security infrastructure at the centre and related issues
Tension between PNG locals and asylum seekers

Chapter 4 (PDF 193KB)

Refugee status determination processes in Australia
Current agreement between Australia and Papua New Guinea
Refugee status determination processes in PNG
Encouragement of asylum seekers to return their country of origin
Resettlement arrangements for refugees

Chapter 5 - Sequence of events leading up to and during the incident of 16 February to 18 February 2014 (PDF 258KB)

Overview of events leading up to and during the incident from 16 to 18 February 2014
Events leading up to 16 February 2014
Meeting on the afternoon of 16 February 2014
Protests and breakout of asylum seekers on 16 February 2014
Events of 17 and 18 February 2014

Chapter 6 - Response to the incident and subsequent developments (PDF 344KB)

Response of service providers and immediately after the incident
PNG criminal investigation
Response of the department and the minister following the incident
Transition to Transfield Services and subsequent developments
Other developments in operations at the Manus Island RPC

Chapter 7 - Australia's human rights obligations and duty of care responsibilities (PDF 241KB)

Australia's international human rights obligations
Scope of Australia's human rights obligations in relation to individuals detained at Manus Island
Human rights assessment of the incident at the MIDC between 16 February and 18 February 2014
Duty of care responsibilities under domestic law

Chapter 8 - Conclusions and Recommendations (PDF 188KB)

Contributing factors leading to the violence of 16-18 February 2014
The events of 16 to 18 February 2014
Responses to the incidents by Australian and PNG authorities
Responsibility of the Australian Government in relation to the centre
Ongoing issues in relation to the Manus Island RPC

Dissenting report from Government Members of the Committee - Introduction (PDF 135KB)

Employment and Training Standards
Access and Transparency
Refugee Status Determinations
Health and Safety at MIRPC
Human Rights at Offshore Processing Centres

Additional Comments from the Australian Greens (PDF 104KB)

Responsibility of the Australian Government and Australia's human rights breaches
Conduct of the Minister
Actions of PNG police mobile squad
Criminal investigations in PNG
Refugee status determination and resettlement processes

Appendix 1 (PDF 6KB)

Public submissions

Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 65KB)
Appendix 3 - Tabled documents, answers to questions on notice and additional information (PDF 81KB)

Answers to questions on notice

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