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The AusNCP

The role of the Australian National Contact Point (AusNCP) is to promote the use of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines), and to contribute to the resolution of issues relating to their implementation.

The AusNCP role is performed by an individual decision-maker, currently Ms Victoria Anderson, Principal Adviser, Foreign Investment Division, the Treasury. Ms Anderson is supported by a Secretariat in the Treasury and an Oversight Committee comprising representatives from several government agencies.

The AusNCP was established in Australia in 2000-01 in consultation with government, non-government and OECD stakeholders. It launched its first website in 2002 and began promoting the Guidelines to Australian multinational enterprises. In 2005, it received its first specific instance complaint.

In 2011-12, the AusNCP participated in the OECD Investment Committee’s review of the Guidelines, which included notable amendments such as a new human rights chapter and guidance on due diligence in supply chains. In 2012, the AusNCP established its first Oversight Committee and in 2017 conducted an independent review of its administrative structure.