|SERCO Group Pty Ltd and Professor Ben Saul of the University of Sydney|
|Description||This specific instance concerns the alleged non-observance of the Human Rights Chapter of the OECD Guidelines by SERCO Group plc in its operations in Australia.|
|Date||14 Jan 2015|
|Source||Other interested parties|
|Industry sector||Public administration and defence|
Read the final statement issued by the NCP of Australia 10 August 2017
On 14 January 2015, Professor Ben Saul of the University of Sydney submitted a Specific Instance to the Australian National Contact Point (AusNCP) alleging non-observance of the Human Rights Chapter of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the OECD Guidelines) by SERCO Group plc (Serco) in its operations in Australia. Professor Saul submitted this Specific Instance on behalf of 54 asylum seekers, recognised as refugees by the Australian Government but detained on the basis of a decision by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to not grant a visa.*
The AusNCP did not accept this Specific Instance. While the issues raised could be both material and substantive, further consideration is unlikely to contribute to the purposes and effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines. This position was supported by the AusNCP Oversight Committee.
*The Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), if requested by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), provides advice about the suitability, on national security grounds, of an individual to be granted a visa. Detention, or otherwise, of individuals after that advice is received is a matter for the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.