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A Practical Guide to the Modern Slavery Act

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Course Designers and Experts

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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Dr David Cooke

Dr David Cooke
Chairman and Managing Director Konica Minolta Australia
Dr David Cooke was appointed as the first non-Japanese Managing Director of Konica Minolta in Australia in 2013. The company is a global firm operating in the technology sector.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers & Leaders and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a non-executive director of UN Global Compact Network Australia and has served on the boards of several anti-human trafficking NGOs.
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Kylie Porter

Kylie Porter
Executive Director Global Compact Network Australia

Kylie is a sustainability expert with over 18 years of experience in corporate affairs, sustainability and strategy roles across a broad range of industries. During her career, she has helped numerous companies develop/implement responsible business strategies, managed reputation risk for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and written and managed policies across thematic areas including climate change and human rights.

Kylie’s career includes working for ANZ Banking Group, National Australia Bank (NAB), Standard Chartered, KPMG, Save the Children and expatriate work in London, Singapore, Nigeria, Switzerland, France and South Africa. Before joining Global Compact Network Australia, she was the Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Corporate Responsibility at NAB where she held responsibility for engagement on NAB’s corporate responsibility and risk strategies. She served on the Corporate Affairs team for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Financial Services Industry where she was responsible for NAB’s engagement and relationship with consumer advocacy groups.

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Dr Martijn Boersma

Dr Martijn Boersma
Senior Lecturer Business School, UTS
Dr Martijn Boersma is an academic who researches the intersection of business and society. Current projects focus on multistakeholder efforts to improve working conditions in the Australian commercial real estate cleaning supply chain, and strategies to improve labor conditions within the Australian cotton value chain. Together with Justine Nolan he published the book Addressing Modern Slavery (2019).
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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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Dr Yvette Selim

Dr Yvette Selim

Yvette was seconded to Anti-Slavery Australia from the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance during 2019-2020. Her role encompassed the delivery of research for evidence-based policy making, partnership development, and education and training.

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This leading resource is designed for organisations addressing modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. The course provides practical guidance on the supply chain reporting requirements set out in Australia’s Modern Slavery Act.

About this course

For over 17 years, Anti-Slavery Australia has played a leading role in working to end modern slavery in Australia. This leading resource is designed for organisations addressing modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. The course is specifically designed to provide practical guidance on the supply chain reporting requirements set out in Australia’s Modern Slavery Act.

The course includes innovative, interactive activities, case studies and expert interviews with David Cooke (Konica Minolta), Martijn Boersma (co-author of Addressing Modern Slavery), Jennifer Burn (Anti-Slavery Australia) and Kylie Porter (Global Compact Network Australia).

CPD Points for NSW Solicitors seeking to include this study towards their legal Continuing Professional Development requirements. Completion of this course may count as 1 CPD unit (one legal CPD unit per hour).   

Key benefits of this course

This course has been designed to equip you to:

  • Understand modern slavery
  • Understand and know how to apply Australian modern slavery legislation, and other relevant standards and safeguards
  • Identify modern slavery risks in operations and supply chains
  • Learn how to develop an action plan to address the modern slavery supply chain mandatory criteria
  • Learn how to write your organisation's Modern Slavery Statement
  • Learn about the business and human rights framework set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights with a particular focus on due diligence and remediation
  • Learn about examples of collaboration with civil society and businesses
  • Learn how to respond when victims or people at risk of modern slavery are identified
  • Discover ways to harness good practice.

Digital badge and certificate

A digital badge and certificate will be awarded following the successful completion of any necessary tasks or assessments to demonstrate acquired learning of the short course or for meeting attendance and/or participation requirements.

Learn more about UTS Open digital badges.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: "If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit" for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included."

Course structure 

The course comprises four modules: 

  • What is modern slavery?
  • Modern slavery in business operations and supply chains
  • Australian modern slavery reporting requirements
  • Responding to modern slavery in Australia.

About Anti-Slavery Australia

Anti-Slavery Australia has played a leading role working to end modern slavery in Australia for over 17 years. We are the only specialist legal, research and policy centre in Australia dedicated to the abolition of modern slavery.

Anti-Slavery Australia supports businesses, government, community organisations and survivors of modern slavery in three strategic ways.

  • We represent and support victims of modern slavery through our free legal and migration advice.
  • We equip individuals, organisations and businesses with the information and tools, through our education and training programs.
  • We influence and effect changes to law and policy through our research and advocacy.

A Practical Guide to the Modern Slavery Act builds on our legal expertise, our role in advocating for an Australian Modern Slavery Act and first-hand experience working with victims of modern slavery.


Group bookings

Discounts may be available to organisations interested in large group bookings. For further information, please contact Anti-Slavery Australia on ASAtraining@uts.edu.au.

Other discounts

A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course. If you are eligible for this discount, please contact the team at support@open.uts.edu.au with your student or staff number to request your discount voucher code. 

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

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Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for a range of participants, including executive directors, people and performance managers, procurement, sustainability and not-for-profit professionals, lawyers, suppliers and government officials.


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Self paced
Expert: Carolyn Liaw, Dr David Cooke, Kylie Porter, Dr Martijn Boersma, Professor Jennifer Burn, Dr Yvette Selim
  • Start anytime and complete at your own pace.
  • Online

This course will take approx. 1 hr of self-directed learning to complete.

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.