Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement – Public Consultation

Submissions for this consultation closed on Friday, 20 October 2017

On 16 August 2017, the then Minister for Justice released a consultation paper on the Australian Government's proposed model for a Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement. The proposed reporting requirement will require large corporations and other entities operating in Australia to publish annual statements outlining their actions to address modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. This will support the business community to respond more effectively to modern slavery and develop and maintain responsible and transparent supply chains.

The following public consultation paper outlines the government's proposed model for a Modern Slavery in Reporting Requirement and includes a list of questions for consultation.

On 10 May 2018, the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, announced key details of the proposed Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement legislation. This information is set out in the following fact sheet.

Consultation details

The government is committed to ensuring the proposed reporting requirement reflects community expectations and is as simple, sensible and effective as possible. This is why the government is holding a national consultation process to enable the business community, civil society and other interested stakeholders to contribute to the design of the proposed reporting requirement.

The Attorney-General's Department convened a series of consultation roundtables in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth over September-October 2017. The dates, location and structure of the consultation roundtables are set out in the following document. A summary of feedback received during the consultation roundtables is also set out below.

On 20 December 2017, responsibility for this work transitioned from the Attorney-General's Department to the Department of Home Affairs. The Department of Home Affairs is currently considering the issues raised during the roundtables and in written submissions, as well as options for further consultation. Business and civil society organisations can also request direct meetings with the department to provide feedback on the proposed reporting requirement. To request a direct meeting, email slavery.consultations@homeaffairs.gov.au.

Contact details

Please email any queries to slavery.consultations@homeaffairs.gov.au.

Please email any media enquiries to media@homeaffairs.gov.au.

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Submissions

Submissions for this consultation are now closed. Copies of submissions received are available below.

If you have issues accessing any of the documents, email slavery.consultations@homeaffairs.gov.au for an alternate version.