Modern slavery

A Shorten Labor Government will introduce an Australian Modern Slavery Act to ensure Australia is at the forefront of the fight against modern slavery.

There are an estimated 48.5 million people in slavery worldwide, many of whom are victims of exploitation in private sector activities, such as manufacturing, construction and agriculture. Australia has an important role to play in fighting modern slavery.

Two-thirds of people trapped in slavery worldwide are reported to be in the Asia-Pacific region, and it is estimated that an unbelievable 4,300 people are currently trapped in slavery right here in Australia. Labor calls on the Turnbull Government to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact this legislation immediately. If they don’t, a Shorten Labor Government will get this done.


Labor will introduce an Australian Modern Slavery Act, which will include:

  • supply chain reporting requirements for major Australian companies; and
  • the establishment of an Australian Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

For more information on Labor’s plan to stamp out modern slavery click here.

You can sign the petition against modern slavery here.