Finance Minister Simon Birmingham says the Federal Government is “quickly advancing” through stages to build a new quarantine facility in Melbourne’s north.
Commonwealth-owned land in Mickleham has been chosen as the site, with hopes construction will get underway as soon as possible.
The purpose-built facility is set to mimic the set-up of the open-air cabin facility established in Darwin’s Howard Springs.
“We will be striving towards having a facility in a position where it can be operating somewhere towards the end of this year or early next year,” Mr Birmingham said.
The Federal Government is willing to have discussions with Queensland to build a similar purpose-built facility after identifying a potential site near Brisbane.
Two potential sites have also be identified in Western Australia.
“The Victorian site will see a lift in terms of the number of potential travellers who can come into Victoria, that is the point of them being additional facilities,” he said.
“Victoria has indicated, as we have the minimum proposal, is for it to be a 500-bed facility.”
Read More: Live breaking news: Follow the 9News blog throughout the day