We are asking the Australian Government to:
- Review Australia’s legal response to human trafficking. This review should consider amending division 270 and 271 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code to:
- introduce new offences of servile marriage, forced marriage, forced labour, and deceptive recruiting for labour services.
- amend the definition of "exploitation" in the trafficking in persons offences to include forced marriage and practices similar to slavery.
- clarify the meaning of coercion.
- Conduct a consultative review of the government-funded Support Program for Victims of Trafficking. This review should seek feedback from people who have accessed the support program, government, the service provider, NGOs providing services to trafficked people and other stakeholders.
- Improve the access of trafficked people to opportunities to seek financial compensation and civil remedies.
Education and outreach
We aim to:
- Develop an enhanced general community awareness campaign to raise awareness of all forms of labour trafficking in consultation with stakeholders.
- Provide trafficked people and people who are vulnerable to trafficking with information about their legal rights under Australian immigration and labour law.
- Deepen the understanding held by government agencies (particularly immigration and law enforcement) of various scenarios in which trafficking, slavery, forced labour and extreme exploitation could occur, including scenarios that have not previously been examined by law enforcement in this context.
Our current areas of research include:
- Compensation, civil remedies and material justice for people who have experienced trafficking, slavery and extreme labour exploitation.
- Emerging areas of slavery in Australia, such as slavery through partner migration, forced labour and organ trafficking.
- The rights of vulnerable workers including seafarers, outworkers and temporary skilled migrants.
- Ethical consumerism.
- The intersection between criminal and civil penalties for Commonwealth Criminal Code offences.
- Slavery and forced labour within Australia’s borders (ie without a cross-border element), including child exploitation.
- Evaluating international and domestic monitoring of trafficking including consideration of the Palermo Protocol and the TIP Report alongside relevant international instruments.