Villawood Immigration Detention Facility (VIDF) is the primary facility for immigration detention on Australia’s mainland. The VIDF Redevelopment (VIDFR) project (Project) is focused on bringing the facility into line with community standards for living conditions, and into compliance with the standards and policies of the Department of Home Affairs, the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) and the National Construction Code (NCC) standards and regulations.
Due to the requirement to deliver major facilities and infrastructure on an operational detention facility site, the Project was divided into three stages – Stages 1, 2 (Parts A and B) and 3.
The Stage 3 works involves the construction of a new higher security/higher risk precinct for a total of 62 detainees including accommodation, 6 special care, common facilities and outdoor areas. The precinct will be divided into four secure areas:
- 2 identical and separate secure precinct areas, each providing accommodation and facilities for 31 detainees and each over two levels, which are based on the Mitchell Precinct with refinements based on the Higher Risk Accommodation (HRA) and General Flexible Accommodation (GFA) models security amendments. There will be capacity for lockdown operations in each area and no shared facilities. Each area will include common facilities for recreation and dining, as well as high care facilities for detainees that have special needs;
- 1 separate secure area around the Banksia and Tweed building with security curtilage;
- 1 separate secure area for a Football Field. Access will be managed from each of the surrounding accommodation areas; and
- Construction of fences and roadworks in and around Stage 3 to support the new high security precinct.