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New South Wales Parliament Standing Committee on Social Issues releases report on Modern Slavery Act 2018 and associated matters

Author: Standing Committee on Social Issues, Published on: 26 March 2020

"Modern Slavery Act 2018 and associated matters", 25 March 2020

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Recommendations

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That the NSW Government proceed to introduce amendments to the Modern Slavery Act 2018 taking into consideration the comments and recommendations of this report, with the aim of the Act commencing on or before 1 January 2021.

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That the NSW Government seek to amend the reporting threshold terminology in section 24 of Modern Slavery Act 2018 to replace the term 'turnover' with 'consolidated revenue'.

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That the NSW Government and the Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner continue to work with businesses which meet the reporting threshold under section 24 of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 to ensure that reporting requirements are as simple as possible and clearly explained in the guidance material.

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That the Anti-Slavery Commissioner on an ongoing basis examine and report on matters regarding the appropriateness of bringing franchisors, on behalf of franchisees not otherwise captured by the Modern Slavery Act 2018, under the state legislation.

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That the NSW Government finalise the development of a voluntary reporting mechanism for businesses falling under the $50 million reporting threshold in section 24 of the Modern Slavery Act 2018, to be rolled out following the statutory review recommended in Recommendation 2.

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That the NSW Government seek to amend Schedule 5.7 of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 to give victims of acts of modern slavery access to recognition payments under the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013.

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That the NSW Government:

• review the provisions of Schedule 5.7 of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 to ensure that the amendments made to the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 are based on the current version of that Act

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