Field report: Anti-Slavery Legislation (Australia)


To ask our advocates to push Australia to adopt the Crimes Amendment Legislation (Slavery, Slavery-Like Practices and Human Trafficking) Bill in 2012.


This bill aimed to amend the Criminal Code to address gaps in Australia’s existing law and its ability to protect people from all forms of modern slavery, including those that go beyond trafficking for sexual exploitation.


Thousands of advocates participated and the bill was passed, becoming an act of parliament in 2013. It made forced labor an offence with a penalty of nine years’ imprisonment, and it criminalized forced marriage.


These new legal amendments passed by the Australian parliament made forced marriages a criminal offence, and will make it easier for victims in slavery, forced labour and forced marriage trials to be compensated. You can learn more here: New laws clamp down on forced labour and forced marriage