Legislation and International Conventions
Laws and international conventions affecting immigration detention
The department has a duty of care towards people in immigration detention. The department must ensure that policy, laws, rules and practices governing people in its care are effectively applied.
The department also has obligations under international law and conventions to which Australia is a signatory.
Legislation related to immigration
- Migration Act 1958 (Cth)
- Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth)
- Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 (Cth)
Commonwealth legislation information
The following Commonwealth legislation information is available at the Comlaw website.
- Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Act 1986
- Ombudsman Act 1976
- Freedom of Information Act 1982
- Privacy Act 1988.
International conventions information
The following websites contain relevant international conventions information.