The Modern Slavery Act 2018 and compliance issues for food businesses

© Lawmedia Pty Ltd, September 2020 The Modern Slavery Act 2018 was introduced by the Australian Federal Government to reduce the risk of exploitative workplace practices involving threats, coercion, abuse or deceptive. The Act imposes numerous reporting and compliance obligations on large businesses, and is particularly relevant to the food sector, where there have been reported concerns about working conditions. This article considers some of the key compliance issues the Modern Slavery Act raises for food businesses.