The finer details of government contracting don’t tend to grab headlines, but when you’re dealing with some of society’s most vulnerable individuals -- people in detention -- how those details play out on the ground can have a huge impact. And in the case of the Nauru detention centre, bureaucratic requirements might have contributed to underreporting of abuse.

Under-reporting to avoid fines

Psychologist Paul Stevenson, who went on 12 deployments to Nauru, told The Guardian it was common for incident reports -- for issues such as sexual assault and threats of self-harm -- to be downgraded due to financial concerns.