A $137 million permanent processing centre for asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island is set to be completed in January.Construction company Decmil, which has experience constructing villages for oil, gas and mining projects, will build the 600-bed centre.
A spokesman for Decmil said the site would be able to house women, children, families and "other vulnerable groups".
Along with the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (MIRPC), a 200-room accommodation facility for staff, along with health, welfare, recreational and operational facilities are included in the project.
Work is set to start this month, with a completion date set for January 31, 2014.
"Our experience in remote locations, building the villages that house workers on many of our nation's major resources projects, has placed us in the ideal position to tackle this new project on behalf of the Australian government," Decmil chief executive Scott Criddle said.