Australia now has a Modern Slavery Act – here’s what you should know

Australia now has a Modern Slavery Act – here’s what you should know

Australia has recently joined other global jurisdictions in passing a Modern Slavery Act 2018 but what does it mean to your business?  How does this compare with global trends to crack down on human trafficking?


The Modern Slavery Act was passed in November and as a result of the Government’s commitment to combatting modern slavery, making identifying and alleviating abuses a priority for Australian businesses and international corporations who conduct business in Australia. It received bipartisan support.


Under the Act, business with revenues of AU$100 million upwards must annually disclose information regarding measures taken to address modern slavery.


With no universally agreed upon definition of ‘modern slavery’, identifying its prevalence is quite challenging. By sourcing goods and services internationally, companies may also unwittingly be supporting modern slavery practices.


Join this expert panel to learn more about the new laws, Australia’s attitude to modern slavery and how this might impact your business – or your supply chains.

We are honoured to have the Law Council of Australia’s new president Mr Arthur Moses SC join a distinguished panel which also includes Antony Crockett of Herbert Smith Freehills, and Mark Devadason of BSR. The panel will be moderated by Kimberley Cole, co-chair of Austcham’s Sustainability committee who has been spearheading a global campaign to combat modern slavery for several years.

*Please download the event flyer here.

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Wed, January 16, 2019


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Arthur Moses SC
The Law Council of Australia

Arthur Moses SC has been practising at the NSW Bar for over 20 years and, in 2008, was appointed Senior Counsel in the state of NSW. He is the immediate past President of the NSW Bar Association and has been a Director of Law Council since July 2014. Mr Moses will become the President of the Law Council of Australia on 1 January 2019.

He practises in a wide range of areas including administrative law, coronial inquests, corruption inquiries, work health and safety prosecutions, employment and industrial law, discrimination, restraints of trade, commercial and equity cases.

Mr Moses regularly appears before the Full Bench of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission, Full Court of the Federal Court, the NSW Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW as well as appellate Courts in other states. He is a Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve.

Antony Crockett
Herbert Smith Freehills

Antony Crockett is a Senior Associate in the Hong Kong office of Herbert Smith Freehills and leads the firm's Business and Human Rights Practice in Asia Pacific. 


Antony has more than 10 years' experience advising public and private sector clients in relation to human rights due diligence in both enterprise-wide and transaction specific contexts, investigation and remediation of human rights grievances and dispute settlement. Antony is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Australia), as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, and as a solicitor of the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He holds the degrees LLB (Hons) and BSc from the University of Melbourne and LLM (Dist) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mark Devadason
BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)

Mark Devadason has a geographically diverse and broad based career spanning 30 years at Standard Chartered Bank. From 2003 until 2010 he served as CEO for the bank in Japan and Thailand where he also served as Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand.


Mark’s last role at Standard Chartered was Global Head of Sustainability in charge of the overall Sustainability agenda including responsibility for the ESG risk management function and all the environment and community investment activities. Mark left SCB in January 2016.


From 2015, Mark served on the board of the San Francisco based not for profit consultancy, Business for Social Responsibility ( and in 2016 changed his role to Senior Advisor Asia for BSR.

He formed his Hong Kong based company Azabu Management Services in April 2016. He serves on the board of The Mekong Club which works to address the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking in the supply chain and is collaborating with Thomson Reuters Foundation to form an Asia Pacific Banks Alliance Against Trafficking. In January 2018, Mark became Chairman of a global charity The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation ( Mark is also a member of the International Advisory Council of Washington based APCO Worldwide and on the Hong Kong Committee of the AICD.

Kimberley Cole (Moderator)

Kimberley is a global business executive with extensive background in financial services and technology. As a sales and marketing leader at the world’s oldest fintech, Reuters and Thomson Reuters, for over 20 years she has worked with customers in multiple geographies on big data and technology projects, identifying solutions to help them thrive in an increasingly disrupted world. 


Also known as the Chief Risky Woman and founder of the Risky Women network and podcast Risky Women Radio. Kimberley is passionate about inspiring and connecting women to be bold, to extend and to take risks.


With a foundation in Governance, Risk and Compliance the network focuses on the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape but offers connections and ideas for building business and careers for women and of course men too. Kimberley’s philosophy is centred on connecting, celebrating and championing women across the globe. When you are part of the Risky Women network you open up a black book of professionals across the globe to share and grow! 


She also established a platform to drive action to stop slavery and highlight how technology and data can help address this crime. She is an angel investor and fintech advisor and a Non-Executive Director of the Fair Employment Foundation.