Serco given two-year extension to contract with Australian government

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New deal: The British firm will have completed 12 years as a contractor for the Australian government when the deal ends in 2021


Outsourcer Serco given two-year extension to contract with Australian government to monitor and run detention centres

Outsourcer Serco has been given a two-year extension to a contract with the Australian government to monitor and run its detention centres.

The British firm will have completed 12 years as a contractor for the government when the deal ends in 2021. 

New deal: The British firm will have completed 12 years as a contractor for the Australian government when the deal ends in 2021

Full details were not revealed. 

The deal covers the Christmas Island detention centre which has been fiercely criticised by campaigners over harsh treatment of asylum seekers, which has led to riots.

Serco has also had success with new contracts in the UK, winning a £1.9bn deal to manage 5,000 properties occupied by asylum seekers waiting to hear if their refugee status has been approved.

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