Australia’s Response to TIP

Australia has strong credentials in supporting the ASEAN region to counter trafficking in persons.

Australia has partnered with ASEAN Member States over the past 17 years to support their counter-trafficking efforts and continues this through ASEAN-ACT. Australia also is responding to TIP within Australia and the Asia Pacific region through a number of other initiatives.  

Australia’s approach to combating human trafficking and modern slavery

The Australian Government is committed to stopping the crime of trafficking in persons in Australia, in the region and internationally. The Australian Government is also taking a global leadership role in combating modern slavery.

Australia’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015–2019 committed Australia to being a regional leader in counter-trafficking. The Australian Government has now prepared a National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020–2024.

Australia’s International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery (2016) outlines the Australian Government’s four pillars of engagement: prevention and deterrence; detection and investigation; prosecution and compliance; and victim support and protection.

In 2018, the Australian parliament passed the Modern Slavery Act 2018. The Act requires large Australian businesses (and large foreign businesses operating in Australia) to identify, address and report on modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains. See Guidance for Reporting Entities for more information.

International engagement

Australia’s Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking progresses Australia’s substantial regional and international efforts to combat human trafficking and modern slavery.

From November 2017 to July 2019, Australia chaired Alliance 8.7, a global partnership for eradicating forced labour, human trafficking and child labour.

In the region, Australia co-chairs with Indonesia the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime (the Bali Process). ASEAN-ACT works closely with the Bali Process to support Australia’s regional counter-trafficking agenda.