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Modern Slavery in the Construction Industry

Wednesday 20 Jun 2018
5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start
Level 27 Chambers, Level 27, 239 George Street, Brisbane

Please note this event is on Wednesday 20 June not Tuesday 19 June as originally advertised

In 2018 the Commonwealth Parliament will pass a Modern Slavery Act requiring businesses with a certain turnover (presently anticipated as being $100m per annum) to audit and annually report to the Australian government on their supply chains, ensuring that there are no aspects of slavery or labour exploitation practices within. The construction industry is a key area of concern because of its sometimes lengthy and intricate supply chains, particularly in relation to building materials. The audit and compliance processes are quite extensive and require very specialised skill sets in a human rights and organisational auditing framework.

We invite you to join us for an evening seminar to learn more about this very significant change in law and business practices and the implications for your business.

Luke Geary  is a Partner in the Mills Oakley Not-for-Profit team in Brisbane.  In addition to his expertise in the not-for-profit sector, Luke has significant experience in building, construction and insurance law, as well as in commercial transactions and dispute resolution. For over 10 years Luke has been recognised as one of Australia’s leading lawyers representing victims of human trafficking and labour exploitation.  Luke has advised in and run a variety of cases across a range of jurisdictions and novel areas of law, to help victims obtain justice through civil proceedings against their offenders.  In 2015, Luke acted for the successful plaintiff in Jane Doe v Linda Howard, Australia’s largest ever verdict in a case of human trafficking, obtaining an award of damages in excess of US$3.5m. Luke is at the forefront of the development of the (imminent) Australian Modern Slavery Act and assists Australian organisations in their preparations for compliance with this new and important law. 

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