Modern Slavery Policy

1 Policy statement

myHomecare is dedicated to changing people’s lives for the better and will in no way condone, support or contribute, either directly or indirectly, to Modern Slavery. With the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) and the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (the Acts), myHomecare is committed to preventing and combating modern slavery and human trafficking in all its forms. We recognise that modern slavery is a global issue that affects millions of individuals worldwide, and we are dedicated to ensuring that our business operations and supply chains are free from any form of slavery or forced labour.

2 Policy principles

2.1 Purpose of our policy

The purpose of this policy is to outline our commitment to addressing modern slavery and the steps we take to prevent and mitigate the risk of modern slavery within our organisation.

2.2 Who our policy applies to

This policy applies to all persons working for and with myHomecare or on its behalf in any capacity, including employees, directors, officers, volunteers, external consultants, third-party representatives, suppliers and contractors.

2.3 Commitment

myHomecare is committed to upholding the principles of freedom, human rights, and dignity for all individuals. We maintain a suite of policies that are informed by, and compliant with, those required under the Australian workplace and occupational health and safety law. We ensure that any volunteers are engaged on a truly voluntary and non-exploitative basis. We do not tolerate any form of modern slavery, including forced labour, human trafficking, child labour, debt bondage, or any other form of exploitation. We are dedicated to ensuring that our operations, supply chains, and business relationships align with our commitment to combat modern slavery.

2.4 Risk Assessment

We conduct regular risk assessments to identify and evaluate the potential risks of modern slavery within our operations and supply chains. This includes assessing the countries, industries, and sectors where we operate, and the specific risks associated with them. We take appropriate actions to mitigate and address any identified risks.

2.5 Due Diligence

We implement due diligence procedures to ensure that our supply chains are free from modern slavery. This includes conducting thorough assessments of our suppliers and business partners to ensure their compliance with our standards and values. We also assess their policies, practices, and controls related to modern slavery.

2.6 Supply Chains

We expect our suppliers and business partners to share our commitment to preventing modern slavery. We communicate our expectations through a Supplier Agreement, which outlines the standards and principles they must adhere to. We provide a framework for due diligence on these suppliers and their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act. The extent of the due diligence conducted in the procurement process will depend on the types of goods or services being sourced.

2.7 Training and Awareness

We will provide training and awareness programs to our employees and key stakeholders to ensure they understand the risks of modern slavery and their responsibilities in preventing it. We promote a culture of vigilance, transparency, and reporting, encouraging individuals to report any concerns or suspicions related to modern slavery.

2.8 Reporting and Investigation

We maintain clear reporting channels and procedures for employees, suppliers, and other stakeholders to report any instances or suspicions of modern slavery including under the protection of our Whistleblower Policy. We investigate all reports promptly, and appropriate action will be taken against any party found to be involved in modern slavery.

2.9 Continuous Improvement

We are committed to continuously improving our efforts to prevent modern slavery. We review and update our policies, procedures, and controls regularly to reflect changes in legislation, best practices, and emerging risks.

2.10 Communication and Transparency

We communicate our Modern Slavery Policy to all relevant stakeholders, including employees, suppliers, and customers. The Act requires that an annual Modern Slavery Statement be prepared and approved each financial year where an entity has consolidated revenue of at least $100 million. Where required, the reporting entity must ensure that the statement: (a) complies with the mandatory criteria for modern slavery statements within the Act; and (b) is prepared in a form approved by the Minister; and (c) is approved by the principal governing body of the entity; and (d) is signed by a responsible member of the entity; and (e) is given to the Minister within 6 months after the end of the reporting period for the entity, in a manner approved by the Minister.

3 Definitions

TermDefinition
Modern slaveryModern slavery is a serious violation of an individual’s dignity and human rights. Exploitative practices, including human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, debt bondage and forced marriage, are all considered modern slavery and are serious crimes under Australian law.
Modern slavery statement

A modern slavery statement must, in relation to each reporting entity covered by the statement:

a) identify the reporting entity; and

b) describe the structure, operations and supply chains of the reporting entity; and

c) describe the risks of modern slavery practices in the operations and supply chains of the reporting entity, and any entities that the reporting entity owns or controls; and

d) describe the actions taken by the reporting entity and any entity that the reporting entity owns or controls, to assess and address those risks, including due diligence and remediation processes; and

e) describe how the reporting entity assesses the effectiveness of such actions; and

f) describe the process of consultation with:

i. any entities that the reporting entity owns or controls; and

ii. in the case of a reporting entity covered by a statement under ‘joint modern slavery statements’ —the entity giving the statement; and

g) include any other information that the reporting entity, or the entity giving the statement, considers relevant.

Reporting entity

Each of the following is a reporting entity in relation to a reporting period:

a) an entity which has a consolidated revenue of at least $100 million for the reporting period, if the entity:

i. is an Australian entity at any time in that reporting period; or

ii. carries on business in Australia at any time in that reporting period;

b) the Commonwealth;

c) a corporate Commonwealth entity, or a Commonwealth company, within the meaning of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, which has a consolidated revenue of at least $100 million for the reporting period;

d) an entity which has volunteered to comply with the requirements of this Act under section 6 for that period.

 

Last reviewed: 18/08/2023

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