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Immigration Detention Claims

Immigration Detention Claims

Like all Australians, refugees who have been held in immigration detention have the right to make a compensation claim.

Slater and Gordon acts for a number of former detainees and has a number of lawyers with experience and expertise in this field.

You may be entitled to compensation in connection with being held in immigration detention if:

  • you have suffered loss during or as a result of your time in detention; or
  • you were wrongly or unlawfully held in immigration detention.

Wrongful detention

If you can prove that you were mistakenly or unlawfully held in immigration detention, then you may be entitled to compensation for that period of wrongful detention. The legislation governing the immigration detention regime in Australia sets out clear restrictions on who can be held in detention, and the government has an obligation to act within the confines of this law. If you were held in detention unlawfully, you may be entitled to claim for any losses you have suffered as a result.

Claims for wrongful detention will require specialist legal advice, and will be subject to strict time limits, so you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.

How long do I have to make a claim?

Across Australia there are time limits within which you must bring a claim.  It is very important that you seek independent legal advice at the earliest opportunity after your experiences so that we can advise you about these limitation periods, the assessment process for claims in your state and to make sure your interests and rights are protected.

Other Compensation Claims

Due to advertising restrictions in some states we are prohibited in publishing further information about some of these cases and the legal services and assistance we provide.  We are able to provide further information when specifically requested. If you would like to receive more information please call Slater and Gordon at 1800 555 777 or make an online enquiry.