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Australia to adopt modern slavery act

As the visual shows, our Modern Slavery Index reveals that Australia, and most of its major import partners, fall into the higher risk categories for modern slavery. This underlines the considerable human rights risks impacting Australian business, including those covered by the country’s forthcoming anti-slavery law, expected in 2018.

Key requirements of the draft modern slavery bill:

  • Businesses with their headquarters or operations in Australia and with annual total revenue currently set at AUS100 million will have to publish an annual disclosure statement on anti-slavery due diligence
  • Annual disclosure statements must be structured around mandatory reporting criteria, which enable the business to set out what it is doing to prevent slavery in its operations and supply chain
  • Statements must be approved by the board and signed by a director
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