The Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues (the Committee)
has concluded an inquiry into the Modern Slavery Act 2018 and tabled its report
on 25 March 2020.
The Government is considering the Committee's recommendations.
I understand the NSW Procurement Board's (the Board) Supplier Code of
Conduct (the Code) establishes the ethical standards and behaviours that
suppliers to the Government are expected to meet. We expect our suppliers to
provide a fair and ethical workplace free from workplace bullying, harassment,
victimisation and abuse. Our suppliers are also expected to make all reasonable
efforts to ensure that businesses within their supply chain are not engaged in,
or complicit with, human rights abuses such as forced or child labour. The
Board has directed agencies to require compliance with the Code through their
tendering processes and to report adverse findings against a supplier when they
Further, the Government is working closely with the Commonwealth Government
on this issue. I understand that between 2013 and 2019, the Australian Federal
Police investigated 369 cases of slavery and slavery-like offences in New South
Wales. These have included offences of forced marriage, sexual servitude,
labour exploitation and human trafficking.