At the end of June 2018, the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 was introduced into the House of Representatives. The law contains a reporting requirement for large companies, without penalties for non-compliance. Whilst the legislation has shortcomings, we see it's introduction as an important signal of increasing expectations for companies to pay greater attention to worker exploitation in their supply chains, and that it is likely to lead to improved practices.
There was also some support for a national scheme for licensing of labour hire contractors. Although we haven’t seen federal legislation yet, Queensland introduced a state labour hire licensing scheme.