2018 was an important year for Australian business regarding modern slavery, with the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act being past by the Parliament on 29 November 2018; and the NSW Modern Slavery Act already enacted.
To help Australian business to navigate the Act and the associated reporting requirements, and share learnings in a safe space, the GCNA launched its Modern Slavery Community of Practice for business members in 2018.
The GCNA Modern Slavery Community of Practice is a small, interactive forum that will operate under the Chatham House Rule. The Community of Practice meets quarterly and will rotate meetings between Melbourne, Sydney and Perth with in-person presence preferred.
The Community of Practice’s purpose is two-fold:
- To discuss the most pressing challenges and obstacles facing Australian business with respect to managing and communicating modern slavery risks and implementing any new legislation and to discuss good practice in responding to these challenges; and
- To help provide a business perspective as appropriate to related external discussions, including for example potentially providing collective input to any consultation around government guidance for any new legislation.
- Initial membership of this forum is by invitation only and is non-transferrable with one place offered to a designated company representative per business member.
- The number of participants in the Community of Practice will be capped at 35, with a waiting list for other interested members.