Immigration and Border Protection
The Minister's Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention (the Council) was established as an advisory council to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (the Minister). Members of the Council were appointed by the Minister for their expertise, demonstrated commitment to immigration and humanitarian issues and community representation. The principal purpose of the Council is to provide independent advice to the Minister on policies, processes, services and programmes necessary to achieve the timely, fair and effective resolution of immigration status for people seeking migration outcomes in Australia. This includes people whose immigration status is unresolved residing either in the community or any form of immigration detention. In particular, the Council provides advice on: - policies, services and programmes designed to assist the management of asylum seeker issues - policies, services and programmes designed to support the timely resolution of immigration status outcomes - the appropriateness and adequacy of services available to assist people whose immigration status is unresolved - immigration detention matters including, but not limited to, the suitability of facilities, accommodation and service arrangements. In addressing these issues, the Council: - develops work programme(s), agreed with by the Minister, identifying priority issues to be addressed - responds to specific issues identified as a priority by the Minister and provide advice accordingly - liaises with relevant non-government and inter-governmental organisations, statutory bodies and immigration detention service providers on a regular basis - regularly visits the range of immigration detention facilities in operation to obtain information on the suitability, environment and operation of each facility - contributes to and provides advice about areas of research, that would aid in the improvement of policies, programmes and services - reports on the activities of the Council to the Minister on a regular basis. The Council is to provide a forum for the Minister to consult on issues relevant to its principal purpose.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under

    Minister

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    9

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    No, but noted in parent's annual report

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    27 February 2001

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Mr. Paris Aristotle AM 30 December 2015 15 August 2018
Deputy Chair Air Marshal Ray Funnell AC (Retd) 30 December 2014 15 April 2018
Other Mr. Paul Alexander 16 April 2015 15 April 2018
Member Dr. Maryanne Loughry AM 30 December 2015 15 April 2018
Member Bishop Daniel Eugene Hurley 30 December 2014 15 April 2018
Member Ms. Kerrin Benson 30 December 2014 15 April 2018
Member Ms. Catherine Scarth 16 April 2015 15 April 2018
Member Ms. Georgie Paxton 16 April 2015 15 April 2018
Member Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny 30 December 2014 15 April 2018
Member Prof. Nicholas Procter 30 December 2014 15 April 2018
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