ASEAN-ACT’s work is guided by the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) and its associated plan of action, as well as the ASEAN Bohol Trafficking in Persons Work Plan 2017–2020. ACTIP entered into force on 8 March 2017. This was a milestone for the ASEAN region in its efforts to end trafficking in persons.
The associated ASEAN Plan of Action aims to provide specific action plans within ASEAN Member States’ national laws and policies to support the ACTIP’s implementation.
Australia has supported ASEAN in its development and implementation of the ACTIP, and continues this support through ASEAN-ACT.
Regional Program Steering Committees
ASEAN-ACT’s Regional Program Steering Committee provides strategic direction and oversight, ensuring that ASEAN-ACT’s projects and activities contribute to the ACTIP. The committee, which meets annually, is co-chaired by the Lead Shepherd on Trafficking in Persons from the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime and a senior representative from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It includes members from all 10 ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat.
National Program Steering Committees
Each Member State where ASEAN-ACT is delivering projects has a National Program Steering Committee. The national committees meet annually and include representatives of implementing partner agencies, ASEAN-ACT and the Australian Government. Each committee is led by a national trafficking in persons coordinating body.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has contracted Cardno to manage delivery of the program over the first five years. The Australian Mission to ASEAN provides oversight of the contract.