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We are committed to protecting human rights and contributing to the global effort to eradicate modern slavery whether it’s through our education offerings, our world-renowned research or by striving for an ethical supply chain in our operations and partnerships.
What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery refers to a range of serious crimes and human rights violations that involve exploitation and control. Some examples of modern slavery include human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, forced marriage, debt bondage, the worst forms of child labour and deceptive recruiting for labour or services.
There are almost 50 million people in modern slavery conditions worldwide, with an estimated 41,000 in Australia.
Young people and students are at higher risk of experiencing modern slavery both in Australia and overseas, with international students at the highest risk.
Those who have fewer immediate support networks, lower English language proficiency, work in the gig economy, or are unaware of the workforce laws in Australia are particularly vulnerable.
Victims of modern slavery become trapped in these circumstances due to poverty, exclusion and a lack of power and choice, making them vulnerable to exploitation and forcing them to take risks in search of safety, opportunities to provide for their families or improve their prospects.
Be aware of the signs of modern slavery
Signs of modern slavery can include:
- Controlled or restricted freedom of movement, eg. being monitored, guarded or confined
- Intimidation and threats, including threats of deportation
- Threatened or actual physical and/or sexual violence
- Travel or other important documents being taken by an employer or a third party
- Abusive living and/or working conditions
- Living at the workplace or another place owned/controlled by employer
- Isolation – geographic, social and/or linguistic
- Withholding, underpayment or no payment of wages
- Excessive hours of work
- Debt bondage (ie. labour or services are provided as security or repayment of an inflated debt)
- Deceived or lack of information about nature and conditions of work
- No discretion over life decisions
- Unable to end employment at any time
Learn more about modern slavery
Know your rights
Anti-Slavery Australia : Free legal service committed to the abolition of modern slavery
MQ Care Reporting : Submit a Care Report if you are experiencing modern slavery conditions
International Student Support : Find information and support available for international students
Refugee Support : Support for current and prospective refugee and asylum seeker students
Safety and Respect on Campus : Report an incident of sexual exploitation
Immigration Advice and Rights Centre : Receive free immigration advice and support
Australian Red Cross : Access support for trafficked people
My Blue Sky : Information on forced marriage
How you can help
National Action plan to combat modern slavery