The Business Council of Australia (BCA) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs’ inquiry on the Modern Slavery Amendment (Australian Anti-Slavery Commissioner) Bill 2023.
Addressing modern slavery risks remains a top priority for Australian businesses. Effective resolution of this issue necessitates a united effort among government entities, businesses, and civil society organisations. The introduction of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner is a welcome step to enhance this collaboration. However, we recommend aligning this new role with existing initiatives, including that of the NSW Anti-Slavery Commissioner, to minimise duplication and maximise impact. Through these collaborative efforts, we can strive for a future where modern slavery is more effectively targeted and eliminated in our society.