Response to Attorney General’s Department Report Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting Requirement Public Consultation Paper

More than 40 million people globally are subjected to some form of modern slavery. Their forced labour alone generates around US$150 billion per year in the global private economy. Indonesia is in the top 10 nations for slavery in the Global Slavery Index. Many Australian companies have Indonesian-made materials in their supply chains and there are over 470 registered Australian businesses operating in Indonesia. The modern slavery risk is real and the Australian Government is currently considering the introduction of legislation to require commercial organizations to report on the risk of modern slavery in their supply chain.

Associate Prof Justine Nolan