Interview with Neryl Joyce Part 2 – Immigration Centres – The Not So Quiet Life

Wheels Up Podcast

Sep 11

Returning from Iraq after her time as a private military contractor and ending her career in the military, Neryl Joyce looked for a new career that would professionally challenge and motivate her like her previous roles. She made an unusual move and became an Operations Manager at the Christmas Island Detention Centre where she faced an intense couple of years.

In this episode, find out how Neryl dealt with being in a high intensity environment while explaining the conditions of the centre and how she handled some high profile incidents.

(See here for episode 1 of this discussion)

In this episode: 

  • Conditions of the Christmas Island Detention Centre
  • Dealing with a high intensity environment that has no policies and procedures
  • Safety and security issues
  • Negotiating with refugees
  • The December 2010 refugee boat incident
  • How to process extreme situations
  • Working on the new Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre
  • Mercenary Mum - Neryl’s journey from young mother to Baghdad bodyguard
  • What it takes to be a good leader

​Neryl Joyce looked for a new career that would professionally challenge and motivate her like her previous roles.

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