Terms of Reference

On the 5 March 2014 the Senate referred the following to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, with effect from 1 April 2014, for inquiry and report by 26 June 2014:

An inquiry into the incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre from 16 February to 18 February 2014, with particular reference to:

  1. the chronology of events;
  2. the sequence of events and factors that gave cause to the incident;
  3. the sequence of events that led to, and the cause of, Reza Berati’s death;
  4. contractor, subcontractor and service provider involvement and response;
  5. Department of Immigration and Border Protection involvement and response;
  6. Papua New Guinean police, military and civilian involvement and response;
  7. the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection’s conduct before, during and after the incident;
  8. protocols and procedures observed by agencies in the detention centre;
  9. any documents, including incident reports and emails as well as briefings involving staff, employees, contractors and subcontractors involved in or responding to the incident;
  10. any communications between the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Government of Papua New Guinea, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, contractors, sub-contractors and service providers regarding the incident;
  11. the Australian Government’s duty of care obligations and responsibilities;
  12. refugee status determination processing and resettlement arrangements in Papua New Guinea; and
  13. any other related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560