The Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) (Criminal Code) provides slavery, slavery-like and trafficking offences. All investigations under these offences are carried out by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and prosecutions are undertaken by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP).

In February 2013, the Australian Government passed the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-Like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2013 (Cth). This amended the Criminal Code by:

  • adding additional offences of forced marriage and forced labour
  • broadening the definition of servitude beyond sexual servitude
  • expanding the definition of coercion

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You can access the Criminal Code Act 1995 from the Federal Register of Legislation here.

You can also access the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like conditions and people Trafficking) Act 2013 from the Federal Register of Legislation here.

Information regarding specific offences contained in the Criminal Code can be found by clicking one of the links below.


Specific offences under the Criminal Code

Slavery offences
Servitude offences
Forced labour offences
Deceptive recruiting for labour or services
Forced marriage offences
People trafficking offences
Organ trafficking offences
Debt bondage
People smuggling offences
Child sex offences