The former Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre is being converted into a temporary community residential facility, to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The facility will provide short-term, last resort, accommodation for men exiting the prison system, with all residents assessed for risk, and 24/7 security and supervision provided on site.

Overview

As we work to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), work is underway to convert the former immigration detention centre at 53 Hampstead Road, Maidstone into a temporary location to house men exiting the prison system as part of the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

The facility will provide last-resort, single-room accommodation, to reduce the risk of people contracting or spreading the virus while they seek longer-term housing.

All residents will be risk assessed, based on their offending history and behaviour, and security and supervision will be provided on site 24/7.

The residential facility will accommodate up to 44 people, including those who have just been released and who are on parole.

This temporary facility is one of a range of measures being implemented across the justice system in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Location and overview

The residential facility is located at the site of the former immigration detention centre at 53 Hampstead Road, Maidstone.

With its recent use as a detention centre, the site can be refurbished to provide important short-term, transitional accommodation.

It will provide single-room accommodation shared communal facilities, living areas, kitchens, administrative offices and outdoor areas.

Security

All residents will have been risk assessed, based on their offending history and behaviour. Security and supervision will be provided on site 24/7.

Refurbishment

Refurbishment is currently underway and is expected to be completed by late May.

Works include painting, replacement of floors, upgrades to security and landscaping to ensure the facility is fit for purpose.

As the refurbishment works are mainly internal, there is expected to be minimal impact on surrounding residents during construction.

Operations

The facility is expected to be operational in June.

It will operate on a temporary basis, with future needs being assessed based on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves.

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities related to the government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be accessed through the Working for Victoria website (External link)

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