In 2012, Australia re-opened offshore processing centres for asylum seekers in Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Since that time, asylum seekers have been transferred to these countries and have experienced delays, disruptions and deficiencies in the processing of their claims for protection. While some recognized refugees have been allowed to settle temporarily in these countries, a durable solution is yet to be found.
This project tracks the history of the offshore detention and processing of asylum seekers since 2012, and its implications under international law. In particular, the project examines legal issues relating to arbitrary detention, human rights, refugee status determination procedures in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, and the search for durable solutions.
Project director: Madeline Gleeson
- Offshore processing: an overview
- Australia’s responsibility for asylum seekers and refugees in Nauru and Papua New Guinea
- Refugee status determination in Nauru
- Refugee status determination on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea
- Australia's obligations with respect to asylum seeker children who may be sent to Nauru
In Focus briefs
Case notes and resources
- Plaintiff M96A/2016 & Anor v. Commonwealth of Australia & Anor  HCA 16
- Plaintiffs S99 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Ors (High Court of Australia, 2016)
- Plaintiff S99/2016 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  FCA 483
- Plaintiff M68/2015 v. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Ors  HCA 1
- Plaintiff S156/2013 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  HCA 22
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