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Guide to Modern Slavery Laws for the Communications Industry

By Sonia Sharma, Brendan Coady

• 22 July 2020 • 1 min read

The Australian Government introduced the new Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth), requiring large organisations to identify, assess and report on modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains.

Unfortunately, modern slavery (such as debt bondage, forced labour, child labour and servitude) can occur in every industry and sector. However, the nature of the Communications Industry means that its supply chains and operations have certain risks which need to be considered. Maddocks has a long history of working with the Communications Industry and the practical tips in this Guide combine our deep sector knowledge work over the past two years advising clients on this emerging area of law.

This Guide contains practical checklists, hypotheticals and other tools to help organisations meet their compliance obligations under the new Modern Slavery Laws.

We hope this Guide assists your organisation to submit its first modern slavery statement with confidence, but more importantly helps you to design, implement and operationalise a sustainable, long term compliance roadmap to help your organisation meet ongoing reporting obligations well beyond 'year one'.

We would love to hear how you are tracking and the challenges you have faced. There are many ways we can help and you can find out more in the Guide or contacting the Information Technology team.

  • How are you tracking with your first modern slavery statement?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted your compliance regime?
  • What challenges have you had undertaking your risk assessment?
  • How do you plan to measure the effectiveness of what you are doing over time?

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