Tag Archives: human trafficking

The countdown is on: less than 12 months to go for large companies to prepare modern slavery statements

In Australia, it’s estimated that around 15,000 people may live in conditions of modern slavery, forced labour, wage exploitation, human trafficking or debt bondage.1 The introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth), which commenced on 1 January 2019, aims to minimise modern slavery practices in the Australian market by requiring large businesses to report on modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains, and actions taken to address these risks.

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New modern slavery legislation introduced into Federal Parliament

On 28 June 2018, the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) (Bill) was introduced into Federal Parliament. The introduction of the Bill follows a parliamentary inquiry which took place last year.

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Employers and Modern Slavery

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force last year to ensure supply chains are free of slavery and to prevent exploitation and trafficking of workers. It created three new offences:

  • holding people in slavery or servitude or requiring them to perform forced or compulsory labour;
  • the arranging or facilitating of human trafficking, being arranging the travel of people with a view to exploiting them; and
  • committing an offence with the intention of human trafficking, including aiding and abetting.
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