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The global COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected people, communities and businesses across all countries and sectors. This includes increasing human rights related risks, including worsening vulnerabilities and other factors that may facilitate modern slavery.

This publication aims to support Australian mining companies in the management of modern slavery risks and reporting in the context of the pandemic. It covers considerations regarding modern slavery risks in operations and supply chains in Australia and overseas.While focused on modern slavery risks, guidance in this publication may be relevant to other human rights risks. This publication aims to complement broader guidance for businesses on respecting all internationally recognised human rights in a changing context.

Using this guide: To support readability, this publication uses the term ‘risks’ to describe modern slavery risks.This publication does not represent legal or company-specific advice. It aims to provide high level guidance to assist company modern slavery risk management and reporting. It informs rather than prescribes a company’s response.

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