Information about People who are in Community Detention
Some asylum seekers are released from immigration detention facilities into the community under Residence Determination arrangements. Placement in the community allows people to move about without being accompanied. The Department of Home Affairs have contracted service providers under the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program to provide people in this group (usually women, families or unaccompanied minors) with housing and case management support. These clients are legally still in detention and have no visa status. Asylum seekers who are in detention facilities or in Community Detention programs are not eligible for Medicare. Their medical care is arranged by the International Health and Medical Services (IHMS).
Detention Health Record
Asylum seekers who have been held in immigration detention facilities will have had health tests performed by IHMS. Clients should bring a hand held record to appointments. If the client does not have the record, you can ask the client if they would like you to request a copy. The IHMS Community Detention Assistance Desk (CDAD) is available 24 hours a day: 1800 689 295 and can provide you with information and medical history.