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Modern slavery reporting requirement

The Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 (the Act) was passed by the Australian Parliament on 29 November 2018 and entered into force on 1 January 2019. The Act established a national Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement (Reporting Requirement) for certain large businesses and other entities in the Australian market.

The Reporting Requirement supports the Australian business community to identify and address their modern slavery risks, and maintain responsible and transparent supply chains. Entities required to comply with the Reporting Requirement must prepare annual Modern Slavery Statements setting out their actions to assess and address modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains. These statements will be made publicly available through an online central register.

The Modern Slavery Business Engagement Unit in the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) is responsible for implementing the Act, including providing general advice and support to entities about compliance with the Reporting Requirement.

Consultation

The Act was developed through extensive consultations with the Australian business community and civil society. The Department is committed to continuing to work collaboratively with business and civil society to implement the Act, including by developing detailed guidance material.

The Modern Slavery Act 2018: Draft guidance for reporting entities has been released for comment. This guidance aims to clearly explain what entities need to do to comply with the Act.

We invite stakeholders to provide submissions on the draft guidance by 19 May 2019. Submissions can be emailed to slavery.consultations@homeaffairs.gov.au. These submissions will inform the final guidance to ensure that it is fit for purpose.

We will continue to engage with the business community and civil society on implementing the Act.

Contact

You can email your queries to slavery.consultations@homeaffairs.gov.au.

For media enquiries, email media@homeaffairs.gov.au.

You can also find related information at Human trafficking.