In November 2018 the Australian Parliament passed the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 (the Act). The Act established a national Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement and entered into force on 1 January 2019. The Reporting Requirement applies to large businesses and other entities in the Australian market with annual consolidated revenue of at least AUD$100 million. Applicable entities must prepare annual Modern Slavery Statements setting out their actions to assess and address modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains. These statements will be made publicly available through an online central register.

What is Modern slavery?

The Australian Government describes Modern Slavery as situations where offenders use coercion, threats or deception to exploit victims and undermine their freedom. Practices that constitute modern slavery can include:

  • human trafficking
  • slavery
  • servitude
  • forced labour
  • debt bondage
  • forced marriage, and
  • the worst forms of child labour

Modern slavery can occur in every industry and sector and has severe consequences for victims. Modern slavery also distorts global markets, undercuts responsible business and can pose significant legal and reputational risks to entities.

Our approach

Urban Utilities is taking a proactive approach to identifying modern slavery and other labour rights risks across our operations and supply chain. Urban Utilities looks forward to demonstrating to our stakeholders, customers and the wider community how we are proactively monitoring our operations and supply chains to ensure compliance with the Act.

For more information on the Modern Slavery Act (Cth) 2018, please visit the Department of Home Affairs.