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Consultation Paper – International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Summary of publication

The Australian Government is developing a new International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery1 (2020 Strategy) as part of its 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper commitment to keep Australians safe and secure, assist other countries to prosecute criminals and support victims, and ensure goods and services are not tainted by exploitation.

The 2020 Strategy will provide a comprehensive and coordinated framework to inform Australia’s international efforts to help eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery, with a focus on the Indo-Pacific region. It will guide Australia’s diplomacy, international development, multilateral engagement, trade and advocacy work — and leverage bilateral, regional and multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships.

The 2020 Strategy will build on the 2016 International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Slavery (2016 Strategy) and complement the proposed National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-24.2 It will also complement other international strategies being developed by the Australian Government, such as the proposed new International Development Policy and Ending Violence against Women and Girls Framework for Action (2020-2030).

This consultation paper provides an opportunity for survivors, civil society, academia and business to help shape Australia’s international efforts to eliminate human trafficking and modern slavery. The closing date for written submissions is 1 May 2020. Submissions should be emailed to

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