anti-slavery aus logoThis week, Anti-Slavery Australia launched an online training course on slavery, slavery-like practices and human trafficking, funded by the Australian Government.

The free course is designed to inform and educate the Australian community about trafficking and slavery in Australia, and to equip users in responding to and identifying people who may have been trafficked or experienced slavery.

It allows participants to work through a number of topics at their own pace, covering areas of slavery and human trafficking such as forced labour, debt bondage, servitude, child labour, and organ trafficking.

The course comprises fifteen modules covering these issues with quizzes testing knowledge as participants progress through the program.

It features videos of some of Australia's leading experts in this area, including Fiona McLeod, Senior Counsel of the Victorian Bar, who spoke about the important role of NGOs in meeting the needs of trafficked people. Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick also looked at ten guiding principles for working with trafficked people both safely and ethically.

If you are interested in undertaking the online program, go to and start your own account. Here you will also find further information about the course before you begin.

Director of Anti-Slavery Australia Jennifer Burn recently spoke to Katherine Spackman on ACL's Political Spot program about the course, as well as the federal government's announcement to provide more than $1.4 million in funding to anti-slavery organisations. Listen to the interview here.