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Module and support services

How can I learn more?

The University of Sydney has partnered with Anti-Slavery Australia to develop a short and engaging Anti-slavery awareness training module specifically designed for University of Sydney students.

Developed by experts in the field, the online module will help you identify and understand the risks of modern slavery and highlight where to go for assistance and support.

Accessing the module

The module is now available to all students. For all new students this module will appear as a tile in your Canvas homepage. If you are a continuing student you can access the training by enrolling in Canvas. After you enrol, the Anti-Slavery Awareness module will be on your Canvas dashboard.

The module will take about 15 minutes for you to complete. Once you've successfully completed the module, it will appear in the 'Courses' section of Canvas.

If you are affected by any of the topics discussed in the module or experience any distress as a result, you do not need to continue completing it. You can access support through several avenues listed below.

Why should I complete the module?

Our module is not compulsory however we encourage all University of Sydney students currently located in Australia to complete it.

Through interactive activities and scenarios, you will learn:

  • what modern slavery is and how to identify risks and situations where you or someone you know may need help
  • where you or someone you know can go to access support services
  • how you can take meaningful action.

Where can I go for help?

Guidance, support and pathways to legal assistance are readily available both on and off campus and online. Below are a range of resources that may support you or a fellow student if you are in, or at risk of, modern slavery.


If you think you are experiencing modern slavery, or you are supporting someone experiencing modern slavery please email the Safer Communities Office at where Student Liaison Officers will provide free, confidential and non-judgmental advice including:

  • providing general information around work rights and exploitation
  • assisting in referrals, risk assessment and safety planning
  • linking you to counselling services
  • referring you to free legal support services.

If you are wishing to meet a staff member from the Safer Communities Office in person, please contact prior to arrange an appointment.

You can also contact Student Representative Organisations (for example, the SRC or SUPRA), or access free specialised legal support via Anti-Slavery Australia or the Redfern Legal Centre.

The Student Transition and Retention (STAR) team is responsible for the central student transition, orientation and retention programs at the University of Sydney. The STAR team develop holistic, student-centred programs in line with student experience and wellbeing strategies to ensure equitable access to support across all student cohorts to enhance student experience, wellbeing, performance and success. Additionally, STAR manages student financial support and provides information regarding available childcare options and resources for students and staff. The STAR team can be emailed at

The University’s Careers Centre provides University of Sydney students with careers guidance, information on alternative sources of employment, and Australian employment standards.

Additional resources

Safer Communities Office

  • + 61 2 8627 6808
  • Opening hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm, (Monday to Friday)
  • Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02)
Last updated: 22 June 2021

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