10 Aug 2013

Australian Defence Force deployed to work on PNG detention centre

9:57 am on 10 August 2013

Australian Defence Force personnel have been deployed to assist efforts to build capacity at the asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship says about 60 defence personnel have been deployed after the decision last month to increase the capacity of accommodation facilities on Manus Island.

The personnel are predominantly Air Force and Army logisticians, engineers and surveyors undertaking detailed survey and remediation of sites for construction of living and working accommodation by DIAC contractors.

The Department says Defence will not be responsible for managing or providing security to the Manus facilities.