The Australian Government is committed to taking action to eradicate modern slavery, and to protect and support victims of these crimes.
This is why the Government has developed a new five year
National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020–25, which sets the strategic direction of Australia’s response to these crimes. The National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-25 was launched on 9 December, 2020 by the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, The Hon. Jason Wood MP.
The new National Action Plan builds on Australia’s efforts and initiatives under the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015-19. This includes implementation of Australia’s world-leading
Modern Slavery Act 2018.
Review of the 2015-19 National Action Plan
To support the development of the National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-25, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) undertook a
review of the 2015-19 Plan. The objectives of the review were to document activities undertaken to achieve goals of the 2015-19 Plan, and to identify areas of development under the next National Action Plan.
The AIC review found that the Government undertook a wide-range of activities aimed at achieving the goals of the 2015-19 Plan. These activities were underpinned by a strong commitment to proactive identification of victims, reporting of modern slavery cases, and access to specialist and individualised support services.
The review also recommended the new National Action Plan include a framework to support the Government to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of activities undertaken under the new National Action Plan. In response to this finding, the Government has commissioned the AIC to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for the new National Action Plan.
The Government undertook an extensive community consultation process to develop the next National Action Plan.
On 4 December 2019, the Government invited public submissions on the
National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery consultation paper and received 47 written submissions from a range of stakeholders including peak bodies, civil society and academia. The public submissions are available below.
Community consultation workshops
From March to June 2020, the Government conducted 27 targeted community consultation workshops with 44 civil society organisations, international organisations, and academia across all Australian states and territories. These consultation workshops focused on key issues to enhance Australia’s response to modern slavery, including those raised in the public submissions.