These forums will

  • Build an understanding of Modern Slavery in supply chains (as it applies to the Australian (Commonwealth) Modern Slavery Act),

  • Point to resources and tools for businesses,

  • Create a space for conversation, networking and mutual learning. 

The Australian Modern Slavery Act is now law. The first reporting period, for many businesses, will be 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020.


Forums will be conducted under Chatham House Rule and participants will be reminded of their obligations under the Commonwealth Competition and Consumer Act 2010 upon registration and at the beginning of the day.

Sydney, 28 March, 2019

8:30am Registration, 9:15am commence - 4:45pm

Swissotel, Sydney

Melbourne, 27 March, 2019

8:30am Registration, 9:15am commence - 4:45pm

Pullman (on the Lake), 65 Queens Road, Albert Park, Melbourne

Keynote speakers

Dr Kevin Franklin

Senior Vice President, Consulting & Product

ELEVATE is the industry leader in sustainability and supply chain services globally. They take a holistic approach to solutions for the full value chain, delivering Assessment, Consulting, Programs and Analytics that create impact and positive, lasting change.

Kevin will address the topic “The Where, Who and How of Ending Modern Slavery in Supply Chains,” and lead a workshop on “Compliance, Audit and Beyond.”

Mr Matt Friedman

Chief Executive Officer

The Mekong Club, unites and mobilises the private sector for a common cause — to disrupt and end modern slavery. Matt is an international human trafficking expert with more than 29 years’ experience in the field and with businesses across Asia and current CEO of The Mekong Club.

Matt will address the topic “What in the world is Modern Slavery?” and lead a workshop on “Becoming a champion in the business of ending modern slavery.”

Dr Darian McBain

Global Director, Sustainable Development

Thai Union is the world’s largest seafood producer and a recognised private sector leader on human rights and combating modern slavery. Darian shepherds Thai Union’s SeaChange® sustainable development strategy. She also serves as Thailand’s corporate representative in the Bali Process Government and Business Forum to fight human trafficking.

Darian will address the topic “Engaging Your Business’ Ecosystem” and lead a workshop on “Transparency, Risk and Communications.”

Senator Linda Reynolds CSC

Assistant Minister Linda Reynolds, Senator for WA, was responsible for overseeing the passing and now the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act. She was a member of the Inquiry committee which produced ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ which recommended a Modern Slavery Act be introduced to Australia. She has also been a passionate advocate for the inclusion of orphanage tourism in Australia’s response to Modern Slavery.

She will address the Forums on the ‘Importance of the Modern Slavery Act in Australia for Business.’

Additional Workshops

Anti-Human Trafficking and Slavery Section

Guidance on the Guidance

The Department of Home Affairs has developed Guidance material for businesses in addressing the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act. Members of the team who developed this material will present the package and answer your questions.

Olivia Clark-Moffatt,

The Difference Incubator

Principal Australian Consultant

Anthea Smits, The Difference Incubator

Chief Executive Officer

Creating Shared Value

The Difference Incubator exists to awaken the possibility of both doing good and making money through tailored business consulting. Since founding in 2008, TDi has worked with over 400+ mission-driven enterprises to build sustainable, transformational and profitable enterprises both here in Australian and in the Pacific. They will explore how addressing Modern Slavery in supply chains requires models of shared value with suppliers and partners using their award winning YuMi initiative as a model. YuMi is a genuine partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines, DFAT and the Islander peoples.

Gershon Nimbalker, STOP THE TRAFFIK, Austraia

Director, Business Engagement

Katheryn Curnow, Insync Inclusion & Diversity Consulting


Slavery- Free Business: Where are you on the journey?

Virtually no business is free from the risk of slavery. Understanding the scope of requirements for meeting and moving beyond compliance is crucial for prioritising and planning your next steps. Gershon has been consulting businesses on the changes necessary to build robust supply chains, and along with Katheryn, how to create an inclusive business culture that extends beyond the realm of your organisation to support with bringing an end to exploitation. They will introduce the self-assessment tools they have each developed to aid businesses with responding to the Modern Slavery Act and outline a roadmap to tackle slavery in your supply chains.

Hosted and organised by

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Carolyn Kitto, STOP THE TRAFFIK, Australia

National Co-Director

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Fuzz Kitto, STOP THE TRAFFIK, Australia

National Co-Director

Supported BY

A grant from the Department of Home Affairs.


In partnership with