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Nominations open for 2019 Freedom Awards

2018 was a tremendous year in the fight against modern slavery, culminating in the enactment of two Modern Slavery Acts in Australia.

The introduction of Modern Slavery legislation, at the federal level and in NSW, marks a significant step towards improving the identification and support of victims and strengthening business and human rights frameworks through transparency in supply chain reporting schemes.

The Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Awards recognise this outstanding work and the contributions of individuals and organisations to the fight against modern slavery. The Awards raise awareness of all forms of slavery and promote the positive difference that individuals and organisations can make to the lives of vulnerable and enslaved people.


We are seeking nominations for people, organisations and businesses that have demonstrated significant contributions to:

  • initiatives against modern slavery;
  • modern slavery research, policy or advocacy at a regional, national or international levels; and/or
  • the prevention or elimination of modern slavery in supply chains.


Recipients must be working within Australia or have a substantial and continuing connection to Australia, and have been active in this area in 2018. The nomination should fully describe the nature and extent of the nominee’s activities and address the criteria

Nominees will be considered without regard to race, national origin, political association, religion, age or gender. Eligibility criteria are guided by the Guidelines for NGOs Working with Trafficked People and international best practice.

To make a nomination, please use the nomination form available HERE

In 2017 Freedom Award recipients included:

Dr Kathy Landvogt, Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to research and advocacy in the area of forced marriage.

Kate van Doore, Griffith University Law School and co-founder Forget Me Not Australia in recognition of her outstanding contribution to research and advocacy in the area of orphanage trafficking.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of ethical sourcing and human rights.

STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia in recognition of campaigning excellence to prevent modern slavery.

Norton Rose Fulbright was awarded the 2017 Anti-Slavery Australia Award in recognition of an outstanding research contribution to the prevention of modern slavery.

More information about the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 Freedom Awards is available on our website. You will find the full list of previous Freedom Awards recipients, and you can read more about their outstanding contributions to combat human trafficking and slavery, and to protect the rights of survivors in Australia.

Nominations will close on Monday 05th August 2019.

Award recipients will be announced at the Freedom Award ceremony on Thursday 10th October 2019. 



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