​Modern slavery draft guidance released – know your obligations

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​Modern slavery draft guidance released – know your obligations

The federal government has released the modern slavery draft guidance for large businesses operating in the Australian market.

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The federal government has released the modern slavery draft guidance for large businesses operating in the Australian market.

Public feedback on the guidance is now being taken and will help refine the final version of the guidance.

The Modern Slavery Act was passed last year. This guidance will assist businesses in preparing their annual Modern Slavery Statements which are first due from 2020.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman said the draft guidance would help businesses better understand and respond to modern slavery risks.

“The business community has a vital role to play in the fight against modern slavery. The new reporting requirement increases businesses’ awareness of modern slavery and ensures they drive positive change throughout their supply chains,” Mr Coleman said.

“The government is working with business on the guidance to ensure that businesses covered by the Act understand what modern slavery is and their reporting obligations.”

The Act entered into force on 1 January 2019 and requires more than 3000 large businesses and other entities to prepare annual Modern Slavery Statements explaining how they are combating modern slavery.

Further information on modern slavery and how to provide feedback on the guidance is available here.
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