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Registrations closed Friday 16 June 2023.

The Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, in partnership with the Australian Institute of Criminology, are pleased to host the 2023 Modern Slavery Conference (conference). The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne, Australia from 27‑29 June 2023.

The conference will bring stakeholders together to bolster cross-sector collaboration on modern slavery responses.

Our theme is ‘Taking Action Together,’ reflecting on the importance of collaborative modern slavery responses. We will bring speakers and attendees together from government, business, civil society, academia and survivors.  

Over three days prominent speakers from Australia and abroad will bring diverse experience and expertise on a range of key themes that will be explored through the conference. 

There will be a mixture of plenary and practical breakout sessions that provide opportunities to share good practices, case studies, lessons-learned, data and research from diverse sectors. 

The conference is an invitation-only free event and an initiative of the National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-2025. 

The conference will be delivered in person, with limited hybrid capacity to enable attendees to attend plenary sessions virtually. Not all sessions will be virtual so it is highly encouraged to attend in person.

The conference is one of the many steps the Australian Government is taking in its commitment to eradicate modern slavery, and to protect and support victims and survivors of these crimes.

Key speakers and themes

Prominent speakers from Australia and abroad will focus on a range of topics that will be explored through the lens of partnership – in line with the conference theme ‘Taking Action Together.’

Day one: focuses on context-setting and exploring modern slavery in the world today, reflecting on the impact of global events like the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, climate change and the continuing evolution of technology. Day one will also introduce some of the core themes underpinning the conference, including partnership, and keeping people at the centre of modern slavery responses.

Day two: moves into more detailed content, starting with fair and ethical recruitment, responsible sourcing and procurement, and moving into remedies and remediation pathways. The afternoon will explore the role of technology in modern slavery – as both a driver and disrupter.

Day three: will explore some of the current and emerging pillars of Australia’s modern slavery response – including the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) and the forthcoming federal Anti-Slavery Commissioner. The afternoon will consider motivators and levers for lasting change.

Conference outcomes

A core goal of the conference is to support the development of partnerships, in line with the conference purpose as set out in the National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-25.

Conference sessions will contribute to core deliverables under the National Action Plan and support delivery of initiatives spanning the five National Action Plan priorities to: (1) prevent; (2) disrupt, investigate and prosecute; (3) support and protect; (3) partner; and (5) research.

Conference sessions will also support stakeholder engagement on the Government’s Tackling Modern Slavery commitment to strengthen modern slavery responses at home and abroad.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding registration or the conference please contact This is Creative:       

Email: conferencequestions@thisiscreative.com.au       Phone: (02) 8091 2620