3.97 The committee recommends that the Government work
towards building a list of 'reporting entities', and to publish compliance
standards publicly, in order to test the proposition that 'reputational risk'
is a sufficient motivator for reporting entities to comply with the
requirements of the Act.
3.98 The committee further recommends that lists of
entities that do report, including entities outside the compliance threshold
who report voluntarily, should be published publicly.
3.99 The committee recommends that an independent
statutory officer be appointed to support the operation of the Modern Slavery
Act and be charged with the duties detailed in recommendation 6 of the Joint
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Hidden in Plain Sight
report (see paragraph 3.3 of this report).
3.100 The committee recommends that the statutory
three-year review consider all aspects of the Act, with particular attention to
compliance thresholds and compliance standards, and that the review be required
to consider whether a mandatory penalty regime is required, drawing on the
evidence and data gathered through the first three years of the Act's
operation. The committee acknowledges that it may be shown that penalties are
3.101 The committee recommends that the Modern Slavery
Bill be amended to include, in one location, reference to Australia's existing
Modern Slavery offences (as outlined in Divisions 270 and 271 of the Criminal
Code Act 1995) and to offences relating to fighting modern slavery such as
offences relating to sexual and labour exploitation under the Migration Act
3.102 Subject to the above recommendations, the
committee recommends that the bill be passed.
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