Modern Slavery Statement
At the recent Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery, the Australian Government Modern Slavery Statement 2019-2020 was launched by the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, The Hon Jason Wood MP. Under the Modern Slavery Act 2018, the Government agreed to submit its own annual modern slavery statements, holding itself to the same standard as large businesses and entities who are required to report on their own modern slavery risks. Modern Slavery statements are published on the Online Modern Slavery Statements Register. The website also provides information about modern slavery and guidance material for businesses needing to report under the Modern Slavery Act 2018.
In developing the Commonwealth Statement, the Government adopted a targeted, risk-based approach in identifying and assessing modern slavery risks. The inaugural report focused on four key modern slavery risk areas: textiles, construction, cleaning and security services, and investments.
A copy of the Australian Government Modern Slavery Statement 2019-2020 may be accessed here.