Modern Slavery

Monash College has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to ensuring there is transparency throughout our business and supply chains. Modern slavery describes situations where offenders use coercion, threats or deception to exploit victims and undermine their freedom.

Practices that constitute modern slavery can include:

  • human trafficking
  • slavery
  • servitude
  • forced labour
  • debt bondage
  • forced marriage, and
  • the worst forms of child labour.

Modern slavery is a term used to describe serious exploitation. It does not include practices like substandard working conditions or underpayment of workers. These practices are also harmful and may be present in some situations of modern slavery.

Businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights in their operations and supply chains, as outlined in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This includes taking steps to assess and address modern slavery risks.
Below are the Monash policies and procedures relating to Modern Slavery.

Modern Slavery Policy
Modern Slavery Procedure

Modern Slavery Act 2018

The Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 came into force on 1 January 2019. The Act established a national Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement that applies to large businesses and other entities in the Australian market with annual consolidated revenue of at least AUD$100 million.

The Reporting Requirement supports the Australian business community to identify and address their modern slavery risks, and maintain responsible and transparent supply chains.

The Monash consolidated report for 2021, which includes Monash College, can be found here.