As part of the refugee and asylum seeker policy embedded in the Labor party's 2007 national platform and constitution, the party pledged:

* The length and conditions of detention must be subject to review and detention centres managed by the public sector.

Despite this, today UK services company Serco's Australian subsidiary, Serco Australia, begins to phase in its control over seven detention centres. The Villawood, Maribyrnong, Darwin and Perth centres, and three centres on Christmas Island, will be run by Serco. Transition from existing service provider Global Solutions Ltd  (now G4S) will commence in July, and is expected to be completed by November.