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  • Modern Slavery Act 2018: Draft Guidance for Reporting Entities Released for Comment

    16 Apr 2019 2:34 pm

    The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs has released draft guidance for Australia’s Modern Slavery Act 2018. It’s time to have your say on how Australian businesses should combat Modern Slavery in their supply chains.

    According to the Global Slavery Index, there are over 40 million people across 167 countries in some form of modern slavery. And, while Australia may have fewer instances of modern slavery than developing countries, it is still very much a factor in our products and services. The following sectors have been identified as hotspots in Australia:

    🔴 agriculture

    🔴 construction

    🔴 domestic work

    🔴 meat processing

    🔴 cleaning

    🔴 hospitality

    🔴 food services

    The Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 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 for certain large businesses and other entities in the Australian market.

    Draft guidance for reporting entities is now available online and open for public comment until 19 May 2019. This guidance aims to clearly explain what entities need to do to comply with the Act.

    At GECA, we know that for a product or service to be truly sustainable, it must be good for people as well as planet. So we encourage all of our stakeholders to take this opportunity to inform the final version.

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