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31 Mar 2022

Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs

Australia: Government launches review of Modern Slavery Act

"Government launches review of landmark Modern Slavery Act", 31 March 2022

The Australian Government [...] took a key step towards further strengthening the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act) by announcing a statutory review of the landmark legislation.


Professor John McMillan, AO, will lead the review, which will be completed within 12 months before a final report is tabled in Parliament.


An Issues Paper for public consultation will be developed and is anticipated to be publicly released from mid-2022 on the Home Affairs website.

The review will be conducted in accordance with Section 24 of the Act, and supports the implementation of Australia’s National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-2025 (National Action Plan), in which the Government committed to undertake a review of the Act in 2022.