Anti-Slavery Australia whole-heartedly supports a national compensation scheme for survivors of human trafficking, slavery, and slavery-like practices. Several thousand people have experienced modern slavery in Australia and continue to suffer a life of disadvantage because of the harm they suffered. There is still no proper form of redress at a national level for these Federal offences, and the State and Territory victims’ compensation schemes are inconsistent. The lack of a coordinated approach to compensation has been a major impediment to victims of modern-day slavery obtaining fair, effective, and timely access to justice, and departs from international best practice. Anti-Slavery Australia strongly advocates for a targeted national compensation scheme to properly remedy the effects of modern-day slavery in Australia and create justice for all, and assist victim-survivors to move forward and rebuild their lives.
Through years of research, advocacy, collaboration, and experience, ASA has created a model for how to best structure federal compensation for survivors. The model considers the following key areas:
- Time Limits
- Standard of proof
- Visa options
Over the coming months, ASA will be continuing to secure support for the national compensation scheme. They will be in conversation with numerous stakeholders, relevant departmental agencies, and presentation of the scheme to the National Round Table on Human Trafficking and Slavery.
If you are interested in supporting people who have experienced modern slavery in Australia, we would like to hear from you. To discuss how you can get involved, please contact us at ASAResearch@uts.edu.au or Jennifer.Burn@uts.edu.au