Infrastructure Development


Northam Detention Centre

The Australian Government announced the establishment of an immigration detention centre at the Department of Defence Northam Training Camp in October 2010. It will be important for Wheatbelt communities to capture the positive financial and social benefits arising including economic boosts, increased employment opportunities, contracting and tender opportunities, and departmental and detention service provider staff joining local sporting and cultural groups.

The Wheatbelt Development Commission, Avon Community Development Foundation and the Northam Chamber of Commerce plan to keep the Avon subregion and the wider Wheatbelt area up-to-date with relevant information regarding the Northam Detention Centre and associated local business opportunities.

Register to Keep Updated

By registering here your contact information will be sent to the Northam Chamber of Commerce to be included in their regular email updates. Where appropriate information will also be shared with the two main organisations contracted to provide services to the Northam Detention Centre, Serco and GHD. Otherwise to register an Expression of Interest for your business direct with these organisations please see the Tender Opportunities section below.

Click to register for Northam Detention Centre Updates

Latest News

16 March 2012
International Health and Medical Services is seeking interested service suppliers. Download letter.

12 March 2012
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has provided the latest construction update.

9 February 2012
The latest update from Serco is available.

24 October 2011
The Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre Project Team have announced that 21 local firms have been sub-contracted by John Holland to provide a variety of goods and services worth in excess of $2.5M to the Northam Detention Centre project.

Important Websites and Contacts

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

This link features the latest Northam Detention Centre news from the Federal department and details and updates from the Community Reference Group. Please navigate from here to view department legislation and regulatory information.

Bruce Needham, Regional Manager, Detention Operations - WA
T 08 9415 9813

Serco Australia Pty Ltd

Serco have been contracted by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to provide services to people in immigration detention centres throughout Australia.

Adrian Kerr, Stakeholder Engagement - Serco Immigration Services
T 02 6196 1000
M 0400 510 606


GHD are responsible for the construction phase of the Northam Detention Centre facility. Please contact the Perth office for individual project details and contract requirements.

Russell Candy, Procurement Manager
T 08 6222 8214

Graham Leake, Procurement Manager


AusTender provides centralised publication of Australian Government business opportunities, annual procurement plans, multi-use lists and contracts awarded.

Northam Chamber of Commerce

The Northam Chamber of Commerce supports and promotes all businesses within the Shire of Northam. This website will develop as a source of information for local people and those interested in establishing a business here.

Pat French, Executive Officer
M 0427 472 729

Paul Tomlinson, President (also CEO, Avon Community Development Foundation)
T 08 9622 5400
M 0428 928 002

Shire of Northam

Please contact the Shire for any queries regarding the local government role in the Detention Centre process.

Neville Hale, CEO
T 08 9622 6100

Small Business Development Corporation

SBDC give advice and guidance to small business operators throughout the state, providing information, referral, business services, and programs tailored to the specific needs of the small business sector.

Mike Jose, Small Business Centre Wheatbelt West
T 08 9622 5730


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