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Modern Slavery

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.

For over 17 years, 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 taster 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

  • Understand what is and isn’t modern slavery
  • Learn about the different types of modern slavery
  • Identify the signs of modern slavery
  • Discover actions you can take to address 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.
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Meet the Experts

Professor Jennifer Burn

Professor Jennifer Burn
Director, Anti-Slavery Australia

Jennifer has led the development of Australian best practice anti-slavery initiatives since 2003 and is nationally renowned as a thought leader in the field of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. Through her research, advocacy and practice she 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
Researcher and Trainer, Anti-Slavery Australia

Carolyn is highly qualified, holding degrees in commerce, arts, and law. She has expertise in the area of online learning and teaching and has designed innovative training on all forms of modern slavery and supply chain reporting.

Carolyn is widely recognised as a gifted educator who personally delivers Anti-Slavery Australia's workshops and training programs to universities, students, community workers and businesses. She also has oversight of Anti-Slavery Australia's research, policy and law reform work.

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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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