DIAC Kilburn Facility ‘Adelaide Immigration Transit Accommodation’ Now Operational
Adelaide, South Australia (News4us.com) February 09, 2011
The Adelaide Immigration Transit Accommodation (AITA) became operational today, after being developed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to house clients who are not considered a security risk.
The purpose-built Kilburn facility comprises two three-bedroom cottages and a one-bedroom bed-sitter, and will replace the DIAC facility that has operated in Richmond for a number of years.
The new facility has an operational capacity of 13 people but can accommodate more than 20 for brief periods should there be short-term demand.
It is expected that people will begin to be transferred into the facility in coming days, as the department continues to house its clients in accommodation which best suits their needs. All clients at the AITA will have been assessed as suitable for this type of accommodation.
The plan to establish an ITA in Adelaide was announced by the government in the 2004-05 Budget.
Officers from the department conducted information visits in the area to keep residents informed of the development.
The Port Adelaide Enfield City officials were also kept abreast of the development to ensure building requirements of the city were considered in the planning stages.
Security is low and unobtrusive to the local residents, with suburban residential-type fencing and no signage. The centre will be staffed 24 hours a day by the department’s contracted detention service provider.
Similar short-term transit accommodation has already been built in Melbourne and Brisbane.
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