Actor Rachel Griffiths applauds Modern Slavery Act announced by Government


Hagar Australia’s Patron, Rachel Griffiths, has applauded today’s announcement that the Australian Government will introduce a Modern Slavery Act, requiring large companies to report annually on what they have done to prevent slavery in their supply chains.

The announcement comes after Hagar, together with a broad range of business, government and not-for-profit organisations, recently presented evidence to the parliamentary committee exploring the need for such legislation.

“Hagar works at the coalface of this issue, providing direct support to those who have escaped modern slavery but face a long and tough journey to rebuild their lives,” Ms Griffiths said.

“This announcement will be a significant step forward in Australia’s response to modern slavery and we applaud the Government’s leadership in committing to it.

“It will force many of Australia’s most powerful boardrooms to consider the issue of slavery in their company’s supply chains for the very first time,” Ms Griffiths said.

Hagar Australia CEO Jo Pride welcomed the Government’s indication that that the annual Modern Slavery Statements submitted by companies would be made public in a central portal.

“Having publicly-available statements from companies will enable researchers to compare and analyse them, and this will ultimately equip Australian consumers to make informed choices about the products they purchase,” Ms Pride said.

“We welcome the Government’s clear commitment to consult widely on this legislation. There is enormous wisdom and experience among the many businesses, organisations and researchers advocating for it.

“The effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act will be determined in the detail and we need to work together to get those details right,” Ms Pride said.

Contact: Justine Sywak – 0448 448 487 or justine.sywak@coxinall.com.au