The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the passing of the country’s first Modern Slavery Act.
The law requires companies with a turnover of more than $100 million to report on their efforts to address modern slavery in their operations and global supply chains.
It also holds the Commonwealth Government to account on its modern slavery risks.
Commission President Rosalind Croucher congratulated the Government for its commitment to tackling modern slavery and promoting corporate transparency.
“This landmark legislation is an historic step in addressing modern slavery and I commend the Government on this initiative. We now know that modern slavery is commonly ‘hidden in plain sight’ - this new law will assist in making the invisible visible,” said Professor Croucher.
“Now that the law has been passed through Parliament, the real hard work begins. The Australian Human Rights Commission looks forward to working with business, civil society and government to ensure the effective implementation of this landmark legislation.”
Earlier this month, the Australian Human Rights Commission in partnership with the Global Compact Network Australia convened the fifth Australian Dialogue on Business and Human Rights. The dialogue explored how to situate efforts to combat modern slavery within a broader human rights framework.