Walk Free Foundation Submission – Inquiry into an Australian Modern Slavery Act

The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into an Australian Modern Slavery Act is a tremendous opportunity for Australia to lead the region in harnessing the power of business to put an end to modern slavery. The Walk Free Foundation congratulates the Attorney General George Brandis for his initiative in launching this Inquiry and welcomes the support and positive engagement from members of Parliament from all sides, united in their desire to end modern slavery.

The Case for an Australian Modern Slavery Act

Australia needs a Modern Slavery Act.  This overview sets out the case for these new laws, addressing key questions: “what” is modern slavery, “who” is affected, “how” are you connected to modern slavery, “where” are the gaps in our legal framework and “why” it matters.  It highlights the top 3 areas for reform: the appointment of an Australian Anti-Slavery Commissioner, disclosure obligations for large businesses and supply chains, and the creation of a reporting repository.

Report: Harnessing the Power of Business to End Modern Slavery

With an estimated 45.8 million people in modern slavery, it is time for all hands on deck to respond to this crime. This report provides an introduction to modern slavery, maps how modern slavery impacts on supply chains, and makes the case for why governments need to require business to take action on this issue.

The Global Slavery Index 2016

This is the third edition of the Global Slavery Index. In the third edition of the Index, an estimated 45.8 million people are subjected to some form of modern slavery.

The Global Slavery Index 2014

This is the second edition of the Global Slavery Index. The Index estimates the number of people in modern slavery in 167 countries. This year’s Index also includes an analysis of what governments are doing to eradicate modern slavery. The Index increases our understanding of the contextual factors that make people vulnerable to modern slavery.

The Global Slavery Index 2013

This is the first edition of the Global Slavery Index. The Index estimates the number of people in modern slavery in 162 countries. The Index identified factors relevant to risk of slavery and provides a standardised measure of these factors that allows comparison country by country. The Index examines the strength of government responses for the 20 countries at the top and bottom of the Index ranking.

The Other Migrant Crisis

Despite the unparalleled regional conflict and refugee crisis pulling international headlines, the MENA region continues to attract millions of women and men from South Asia, South-East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa who travel to the region for employment in low-paying sectors, such as construction and domestic work. These migrant workers, already vulnerable to exploitation at the hand of their employer or recruiter prior to the outbreak of conflict, are facing new risks to their safety. ‘The Other Migrant Crisis’ examines the current situation of these other migrants – the men, women and children who are trafficked or exploited as low-paid workers in MENA.

Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains: A Guide 1.0

This is version 1.0 of the Guide which provides only for the basics of what a company should undertake. There are some companies that are doing significantly more today and we expect as companies adopt the Guide they will naturally innovate and significantly improve on the recommended processes. We are thus releasing the Guide now to help companies get started.

Identifying what works: a meta-analysis of modern slavery evaluations

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview and update on work in progress on the “Promising Practices Toolkit”.  The Toolkit is a database of 165 evaluations from the modern slavery sector, which are categorised according to type of modern slavery, country, target population, type of evaluation methodology etc. From this, we’re able to conduct a meta-analysis to begin to draw conclusions about what has and hasn’t worked in the anti- slavery sector.

Modern Slavery: A global reckoning

Measuring modern slavery is essential for developing effective public policies and allocating resources to address the crime. This paper sets out the role of extrapolation in assessing the number or global victims.

Improving Protections for Migrant Domestic Workers in Australia

An unknown number of migrant domestic workers are employed in Australia. Despite this, several serious cases of domestic worker exploitation in Australia have arisen in recent years. This 14 page paper explores legislative and policy gaps in the protection of this vulnerable, hidden cohort.