Newsletter 05/2019

A word from the Ambassador

A message from HE Arthur Spyrou, Ambassador to the UAE

Message from the Australian Ambassador on the Modern Slavery Act 2018

 The Australian Government is taking an international leadership role in combating modern slavery in supply chains.  The Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018 (the Act) commenced on 1 January 2019.

There is a risk that Australian goods and services are tainted by modern slavery in Australia and overseas.  The Australian Government is committed to working with large business and other entities operating in our market to ensure their operations and supply chains do not involve modern slavery.

Industries at high-risk of modern slavery include agriculture, seafood, mining, construction, fashion and electronics. 

The Act requires Australian and foreign entities carrying on business in the Australian market with over AUD100 million annual consolidated revenue to prepare annual Modern Slavery Statements. 

I am taking the opportunity to draw your attention to the Act’s annual reporting requirements.  I also encourage the Australian business community in the UAE to promote proudly Australia’s leadership role in addressing modern slavery.  

More information on the Act can be found at: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-and-support/how-to-engage-us/consultations/modern-slavery-reporting-requirement 

*Information provided by the Australian Embassy Abu Dhabi

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