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Modern Slavery Anti-Slavery Australia - UTS Open
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Modern Slavery

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Meet the Experts

Professor Jennifer Burn

Professor Jennifer Burn
Director, Anti-Slavery Australia

Professor Jennifer Burn has led the development of Australian best practice anti-slavery initiatives since 2003 and is nationally renowned as a thought leader and educator in the field of modern slavery.

Through her research, advocacy and practice Jennifer has pursued legislative amendments and policy developments to promote best practice responses for the prevention of modern slavery and to ensure survivors have access to the protection and support they need.

Jennifer is an inaugural member of the Australian Government National Roundtable on Human Trafficking, held the position of Deputy Chair of the Labour Exploitation Working Group and was a member of multiple Australian Government working groups in the areas of forced marriage, supply chain transparency and reporting. Jennifer was appointed as the NSW Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner between 2018-2020.

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Carolyn Liaw

Carolyn Liaw
Projects and Partnerships Manager

Carolyn manages Anti-Slavery Australia’s projects as well as training and partnership activities.

Carolyn has led a number of national projects to address modern slavery in Australia, including building the capacity of community and frontline responders to identify and respond to modern slavery, and developing partnerships to address and combat modern slavery.

Carolyn also has expertise in the area of online learning and has designed innovative training on all forms of modern slavery and supply chain reporting.

Carolyn is widely recognised as a gifted educator and she personally delivers many of Anti-Slavery Australia's workshops and training programs to universities, students, community workers and business.

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James Tracy

James Tracy
Learning Designer, Postgraduate Learning Design

James is a highly qualified and experienced learning designer with particular expertise in designing and developing online courses in the higher education sector. He has collaborated closely with Anti-Slavery Australia to develop a number of leading online courses on modern slavery.    

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Modern slavery happens - it happens all over the world and in Australia; across many industries and in private homes.

About this course

This is a free, self-paced online course.

Since 2003, Anti-Slavery Australia has played a leading role in working to end modern slavery in Australia. It is the only specialist legal, research and policy centre in Australia dedicated to the abolition of modern slavery and supports hundreds of survivors of modern slavery each year.

This leading resource is designed to help you understand that slavery is not a historical artefact, or something far removed from our daily lives. Tens of millions of people around the world are experiencing modern slavery today. There are people in modern slavery in Australia.

In this free course, you will learn about all the types of modern slavery – human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, debt bondage, deceptive recruitment, the worst forms of child labour, and forced marriage, through examples and real life stories. You will also develop a better understanding of how we all intersect with modern slavery in our daily lives and what you can do about it.

Course structure

The following content will be covered during this course:

  • What is modern slavery?
  • Types of modern slavery
  • Who is responsible for addressing modern slavery?
  • What can you do?

Learning outcomes

  • Explain what modern slavery is.
  • Identify types of modern slavery.
  • Explain who is responsible for addressing modern slavery.

Who is this course for?

  • High school students
  • University students
  • Community workers
  • Front line responders
  • Educators
  • Australian community members who want to learn more about modern slavery, human rights and social justice issues.

Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.