19 Feb 2015

Aust minister declares he's happy with Nauru

8:24 pm on 19 February 2015

Australia's immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has visited Nauru for the first time since being appointed to the role in a cabinet reshuffle in December.

Nauru hosts some of Australia's offshore asylum seeker detention centres, which were heavily criticised in a recent report by Australia's Human Rights Commission for the conditions in which children are held on Nauru.

A Nauru government spokesperson says Mr Dutton arrived for a one-day visit for talks with government ministers and to visit two of three centres on the island.

The spokesperson says Mr Dutton was happy with processing arrangements at the centre and plans to resettle those found to be refugees temporarily on Nauru.

The Australia-based Refugee Action Coalition says there was no indication that Mr Dutton was scheduled to meet any of the refugees or asylum seekers on Nauru.

It says while Mr Dutton was being hosted at a government dinner, a group of refugees staged a demonstration outside.

Damage from asylum seekers' riot on Nauru in July 2013.

Damage from asylum seekers' riot on Nauru in July 2013. Photo: AAP