Modern Slavery Business Roundtables – Australia

  • Sydney
  • October 18, 2018
  • 08:30 AM (AEDT)

The Australian Modern Slavery Act is on its way.

Two invitation-only roundtable discussions are the initiative of the Australian Department of Home Affairs through a grant to STOP THE TRAFFIK Australian Coalition and in partnership with ELEVATE. The Home Affairs Department will be responsible for the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act.

  • Sydney – 18 October 2018
  • Melbourne – 24 October 2018

The roundtables in Sydney on 18 October and in Melbourne on 24 October will provide business with an overview of where the Australian Modern Slavery Act is up to, what might be expected and explore our shared responsibility to eradicate modern slavery. The roundtables also present an opportunity to provide feedback on:

  • how businesses are positioned to implement the proposed requirements
  • the concerns businesses may have and opportunities they are foreseeing, and
  • any assistance or resources businesses would consider helpful

The roundtables will be held under Chatham House Rule and participants will be reminded of their obligations under the Commonwealth Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (1). A report of outcomes will be generated for the Minister of Home Affairs (Senator Linda Reynolds), the Shadow Minister for Justice (Ms Clare O’Neil MP) and the Anti-Human Trafficking and Slavery Section of the Department of Home Affairs. This report will not identify specific businesses but will collate the collective insights of the groups.

Who will be there?

A cross-section of businesses who will likely be required (or volunteer) to report. There is much we can learn from other business sectors of the ways forward in addressing exploitation and transparency in supply chain issues. Different business sectors are at different stages in the journey, with helpful perspectives and learnings to contribute.

Each roundtable will be facilitated by:

These roundtables are by invitation only. For further information, contact Mabel Wong at

1 The attendees at this meeting acknowledge that some are competitors, and that each company has obligations under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). The purpose of this meeting is for the legitimate commercial reason of discussing issues of the approaching Australian Modern Slavery Act. The meeting attendees will not discuss any competitively sensitive information or enter into any contract, arrangement or understanding that may, in any way, infringe applicable competition law.