The immigration department wrongly sent two Australians to immigration detention centres

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. Photo: Stefan Postles/ Getty Images.

Two Australian citizens were wrongly sent to immigration detention centres by the Australian immigration department.

One was taken to Christmas Island and the other detained onshore, the Immigration Department told Fairfax Media.

The tranfers occurred following their release from prison after committing serious crimes.

“Two individuals were detained after their visas were cancelled mandatorily under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958,” a department spokesman told Fairfax Media.

“After it was identified that each individual held dual Australian citizenship, arrangements were immediately made for their release from immigration detention.”

Further information regarding the circumstances of their detention have not been released.

The department says the incidents are being reviewed and safeguards have been implemented to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

More details here.