What kinds of workplace practices are considered to be modern slavery?

FAQs 2020-06-01

Australia’s Modern Slavery Act defines “modern slavery” to include the following practices:

  • Human trafficking;
  • Slavery;
  • Servitude;
  • Forced labor;
  • Debt bondage;
  • Forced marriage;
  • Deceptive recruiting for labor or services; and
  • Worst forms of child labor

The “worst forms of child labor” includes situations where children are subjected to slavery or similar practices or engaged in hazardous work.

Modern slavery does not include practices like substandard working conditions or underpayment of workers, but these practices may be present in some modern slavery situations.

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