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Submissions for this consultation closed on Friday, 20 October 2017

On 16 August 2017, the Minister for Justice released a consultation paper on the Australian Government's proposed model for a Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting Requirement. The proposed reporting requirement will require large corporations and other entities operating in Australia to publish annual statements outlining their actions to address modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. This will support the business community to respond more effectively to modern slavery and develop and maintain responsible and transparent supply chains.

The following public consultation paper outlines the government's proposed model for a Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting Requirement and includes a list of questions for consultation.

Consultation details

The government is committed to ensuring the proposed reporting requirement reflects community expectations and is as simple, sensible and effective as possible. This is why the government is holding a national consultation process to enable the business community, civil society and other interested stakeholders to contribute to the design of the proposed reporting requirement.

The Attorney-General’s Department is leading this consultation process and held consultation roundtables in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth over September-October 2017. The dates, location and structure of the consultation roundtables are set out in the following document.  A summary of feedback received during the consultation roundtables is also set out below. 

The Attorney-General’s Department is currently considering the issues raised during consultation roundtables and in written submissions as well as options for further consultation. Business and civil society organisations can also request direct meetings with the department to provide feedback on the proposed reporting requirement. To request a direct meeting email slavery.consultations@ag.gov.au.


Submissions for this consultation closed on 20 October 2017. Submissions will be made available on this website shortly.  As part of the consultation process, the Australian Government will consider all submissions made to the current Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. This means organisations that have already provided a submission to this inquiry do not need to provide an additional submission to government unless there is new information that government should consider.