AUSTRALIA should consider setting up a national compensation scheme for victims of slavery and human trafficking, a Senate committee has recommended.
A Senate committee, comprising three Labor senators, two Coalition senators and one from the Greens, said while some victims were eligible for compensation under state or territory schemes, the eligibility requirements and generosity of these schemes varied widely.
The United Nations special rapporteur on trafficking, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, recommended Australia set up a federal compensation scheme when she visited in November last year.
The committee made its recommendations following its inquiry into proposed laws to combat slavery and people trafficking.
The proposals, which have already passed the House of Representatives, introduce new offences of forced labour, forced marriage, harbouring a victim and organ trafficking.