Educating for Change

‘Educating for Change’
an Awareness Raising Initiative to Address
Modern Slavery in Australia's Universities.

Join us in tackling one of the most pressing issues of our time – modern slavery.  We're creating a micro-credentialed course that will empower the next generation of professionals to recognize and combat modern slavery from the frontline.

Key Objectives:

  • Empowering Future Professionals: Our project aims to educate pre-service students in various critical professions including medicine, nursing, education, social work, law about the signs and indicators of modern slavery. By doing so, we equip them to identify potential victims as they enter the workforce.
  • Raising Awareness: Modern slavery often preys on the vulnerability of international and domestic students. Our project strives to increase awareness of modern slavery, work rights, and support services within student cohorts, ensuring that no one falls through the cracks.
  • Up-Skilling University Staff: We understand that the first line of defense against modern slavery amongst students often starts with university staff. By providing training to key personnel, including counsellors, student services, and international student bodies, we empower them to recognize and respond to the risks within the student population.

National Reach with Far-reaching Impact: Our two-year project is not limited to a single institution but spans at least 21 universities across Australia. When pre-service students graduate and enter the workforce, the impact of their education will reverberate.

Informed by Emerging Research: Our project is rooted in research that highlights how university students can be vulnerable to exploitation. There is also evidence that underscores the critical role professionals in medicine, nursing, health, social work, and law play in identifying victims of modern slavery. Additionally, we recognize the importance of educators in identifying potential forced marriage victims.

An Accredited and Targeted Approach: The micro credentials will be freely available to universities across Australia. It's a targeted, scaffolded approach that equips and incentivizes every student to become a champion against modern slavery.

Join us in this transformative mission to combat modern slavery
in Australia, from universities to the workforce.


Together, we can prevent modern slavery, we can educate for change. 

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the development of the modules or the national roll out, you can email us at

Educating for Change was funded by the Australian Government through the National Community Crime Prevention Program: Modern Slavery Grants opportunity. The views expressed in this publication are the authors’ and contributors’ alone and are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government.

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