What is Modern Slavery

The Commonwealth Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018 (the Act) is the first national legislation in the world to define modern slavery. It defines modern slavery as including eight types of serious exploitation:

  • trafficking in persons
  • slavery
  • servitude
  • forced marriage
  • forced labour
  • debt bondage
  • deceptive recruiting for labour or services
  • and the worst forms of child labour, which means extreme forms of child labour that involve the serious exploitation of children, including through enslavement or exposure to dangerous work.

The term ‘modern slavery’ describes situations where coercion, threats or deception are used to exploit victims and undermine their freedom. Coercion, threats and deception can be explicit or implicit.

The Australian PV Institute’s Policy on Modern Slavery

The Australian PV Institute (APVI) has a zero-tolerance approach to Modern Slavery. This policy reflects the APVI’s commitment to ensure to the best of our ability that there is no modern slavery in any part of our business operations. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all business dealings and relationships, and where possible, to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in our own business or supply chain.

As part of our contracting processes, we will include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude.

Our business also requires its service providers, suppliers and contractors to share our commitment to act lawfully and ethically and to work to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place within its organisation or within its supply chain.