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Modern Slavery Amendment (Australian Anti-Slavery Commissioner) Bill 2023

The Law Council of Australia provided a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee about its inquiry into the Modern Slavery Amendment (Australian Anti-Slavery Commissioner) Bill 2023 (the Bill).

Subject to some recommended improvements, the Law Council supports the Bill which seeks to amend the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the MSA) to establish an independent statutory office for an Anti-Slavery Commissioner (Commissioner). The Law Council has expressed strong support for the establishment of a Commissioner since 2016,1 recognising it as a pivotal development in addressing and effectively countering modern slavery across the country.

Read full submission below.


1 Law Council of Australia, Inquiry into Human Trafficking (15 February 2016) [10] – [13]; Law Council of Australia, Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia (28 April 2017) [85]—[94]; Law Council of Australia, Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (24 July 2018) [19] – [20]; Law Council of Australia, Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2018, (13 December 2022) [211]—[219].

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