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Modern slavery

Last updated October 2019

This chapter explains modern slavery and what your organisation should do to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2018.

What is modern slavery?

Definition: Modern Slavery

Modern slavery is the condition of:
- being forced by threats or violence to work for little or no pay; and
- having no power to control what work you do or where you do it.

Modern slavery includes servitude, child labour, forced labour, human trafficking, and deceptive recruiting for labour or services.

The Commonwealth Government, as well as some state and territory jurisdictions, have implemented laws to combat modern slavery. These laws require organisations in Australia to verify that their supply chain does not involve the use of slave labour.

Important: In 2017, the International Labour Organization estimated that 21 million people worldwide were being exploited through forced labour, with more than half of these in the Asia Pacific region.