Modern slavery

Modern slavery

Macquarie University recognises that modern slavery is a real risk globally, including in countries like Australia, and supports the commitments introduced under the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act.

The Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 (the Act) entered into force on 1 January 2019. The Act established a national Modern Slavery reporting requirement.

The reporting requirement supports the Australian business community to identify and address their modern slavery risks, and maintain responsible and transparent supply chains.

What is modern slavery

Modern slavery describes situations where individuals and organisations use coercion, threats or deception to exploit victims and undermine their freedom. Practices that constitute modern slavery can include human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and child labour.

Modern slavery can occur in every industry and sector and can have severe consequences for victims. Modern slavery also undercuts responsible business and can pose significant legal and reputational risks to entities. It is estimated that modern slavery affects over 40 million people worldwide and can be involved in the supply chains which bring everyday items to our homes and businesses.

Our commitment

Macquarie University opposes all forms of modern slavery and is committed to maintaining responsible and transparent operations and supply chains. Our approach to Modern Slavery is consistent with the University’s Purpose, Vision and Values. As custodians of Macquarie University, we value:

  • Scholarship

    We believe learning, enquiry, and discovery improve lives.
  • Integrity

    We conduct ourselves ethically, equitably, and for mutual benefit.
  • Empowerment

    We make our community a source of strength and creativity. Through our actions, as staff and students, we live these values and it is against them that we hold ourselves accountable.

Our University: A Framing of Futures strategic framework

Our modern slavery statement can be found here

Our reporting obligations

The University, like other large organisations in Australia, is required to submit an annual Modern Slavery Statement to the Department of Home Affairs.

The Modern Slavery Statement must explain what the University is doing to assess and address the risks that modern slavery practices may be occurring in our global and domestic operations and supply chains. This includes the operations and supply chains of any entities that the University owns or controls.

There are 7 mandatory reporting criteria which must be addressed in the annual statement; including:

  • the organisation’s structure, operations and supply chains
  • a description of policies, due diligence, and remediation processes relating to modern slavery
  • identification of the risk of modern slavery occurring anywhere in the organisation’s operations, and the steps taken to assess and manage that risk
  • a description of the training on modern slavery that is available to employees.

The statement must be approved by the University’s Council before it is submitted to the Minister for Home Affairs. All Modern Slavery Statements received by the Minister will subsequently be uploaded onto a public online register.

The University’s Modern Slavery Working Group

In preparing to meet our obligations, a Modern Slavery Working Group has been established with representation from across the University and our controlled entities.

The University is initially undertaking supply chain mapping (in association with the Australian Universities Procurement Network) and the updating and amendment of appropriate policy and reporting frameworks. Members of the Working Group are providing input on Modern Slavery risks/considerations for their respective portfolios.

This will be an ongoing project for the University as we learn more about our areas of risk and how these can best be managed and improved.

How to get involved

If you have any ideas or contributions for the Working Group please contact

If you would like to find out more about Modern Slavery, Anti-Slavery Australia is a centre based at the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney  and they offer a free online training program on modern slavery.

Additional resources are:

Our working group members

Jacqueline Van Spanje

Sourcing Analyst – Group Strategic Procurement

Group Finance


A/Professor Nikki Balnave,

Department of Management

Macquarie Business School

Gill Kirk

Executive Manager

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

A/Professor Peter Keegan,

Associate Dean Learning and Teaching,

Arts Faculty

Professor Simon Handley

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Higher Degree Research /

Access Macquarie

Professor Chris Dixon,

Dean, Macquarie School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts,

Carina Jarman

Deputy Employee Relations Manager, Human

Stephen Fan,

Associate Director, China Engagement *

International Operations

Macquarie International

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Engagement

A/Professor Richard Appleyard

Biomechanical Engineering and Orthopaedics

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences

Admin and Operation / MQ Health

Matt Ayers

Associate Director, Imaging and Hospital Operations

Macquarie University Hospital

Sherrie Santos

Special Projects Officer, Corporate


Dr Rolando Ochoa Hernandez

Lecturer in Criminology, Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Faculty of Arts

Compliance and Privacy Manager, Office of the General Counsel

Ellen Carlson,

Policy Manager, Governance Services

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