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Nominations open for the 2017 Freedom Awards!

2017 has been a year of unprecedented momentum in the fight against human trafficking and slavery in Australia.

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

This year we have seen exciting developments such as the parliamentary inquiry into a Modern Slavery Act for Australia, the Legislative Council Select Committee on human trafficking in NSW, the report of the Joint Committee on Law Enforcement inquiry into human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices, the report of the Inquiry into the Commonwealth Procurement framework and emerging engagement from business in the prevention of human trafficking and slavery in supply chains.

These successes are the culmination of tireless work by dedicated individuals and organisations.

The Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Awards recognise this outstanding work and the important contributions of individuals and organisations to the fight against human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. The Freedom Awards raise awareness of all forms of slavery and human trafficking and promote the positive difference that individuals and organisations can make to the lives of trafficked people. The Freedom Awards also recognise good practice and the promotion of ethical practices in combatting human trafficking and slavery.

We are calling for nominations for people, organisations and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to initiatives combatting human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices, including through initiatives related to supply chains, forced labour, forced marriage and and the prevention of related human rights abuses.

For the full list of previous Freedom Awards recipients, and read more about their outstanding contributions to the fight to end human trafficking and slavery, select the year: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015

The 2017 nomination form is available


In considering nominations, the independent committee seeks to satisfy itself that the individual or organisation concerned has:

  • Made a significant contribution, demonstrating an ethical and best practice approach to initiatives against human trafficking, slavery, and slavery-like practices, including forced labour and forced marriage; and/or
  • Exercised a significant and positive influence on human trafficking and slavery related research, advocacy or policy at the national, regional or international levels; and/or
  • Made a significant contribution to the prevention or elimination of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices in supply chains.
  • Recipients can be either an individual or an organisation working within Australia or who have a substantial and continuing connection to Australia.


Nominees for the Award will be considered without regard to race, national origin, political association, religion/creed, age or gender.

The nomination should fully describe the nature and extent of the nominee's activities and address the criteria.

Nominations close on Friday 15th September 2017.


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