Flawed immigration detention risk assessment tool can’t be upgraded as ABF data ‘riddled with errors’

The secretive risk assessment tool used in Australia’s immigration detention centres could not be replaced by a better model due to insufficient data collection by Australian Border Force, documents reveal.

Jonathan Hall Spence, Public Interest Advocacy Centre lawyer, has represented clients who have allegedly been inappropriately handcuffed while in detention. He suggested that the documents raise serious questions about the SRAT’s continued use.

‘The Griffith report was produced in 2019,’ he said. ‘At least from that time, the department has continued using a tool that it knows to be flawed.’

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