Now in its eighth year, the Dialogue brings together representatives from Australian business, government, civil society, academia and the investor community to discuss emerging risks and opportunities and explore ways to collaborate on the continued implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the UN Global Compact Ten Principles.
2023 is a crucial year for the business and human rights agenda in Australia. Following the tabling of the review of the Modern Slavery Act in Parliament, the Federal Government will be considering the possibility of introducing amendments to our modern slavery transparency legislation, including introducing a potential due diligence requirement. There is also increased use of the Australian National Contact Point for human rights-related complaints against multi-national corporations, calls for greater consideration of respect for human rights in e-safety, the use of AI and in data privacy, and continued momentum around the human rights of First Nations Australians, not least through the referendum to be held later this year on a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament.
The 2023 Australian Dialogue on Business and Human Rights will convene a broad set of stakeholders across business, government, civil society and the investor community to discuss key business and human rights issues within Australia and explore how Australian businesses can meet and exceed stakeholder expectations.
The 2023 Australian Dialogue on Business and Human Rights has been made possible with the kind support of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Qantas and Pillar Two.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Kate Dundas, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network Australia
- Fiona Reynolds, Chair, UN Global Compact Network Australia
- Vanessa Zimmerman, Chair, Business and Human Rights, UN Global Compact Network Australia
- Chris Caskey, Manager, Human Rights, UN Global Compact Network Australia
- Lene Wendland, Chief of Unit, Business and Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Phoebe Wynn Pope, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
- Aaron Hill, Group Ethical Sourcing Manager, Coles
- Andrew Finch, General Counsel and Group Executive Office of the CEO, Qantas
- Bassina Farbenblum, Executive Director, Migrant Justice Institute
- Bronte Moules, Australian Ambassador for Human Rights, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Cath Brokenborough, Executive Lead, First Nations and Indigenous Engagement, Lendlease
- Dr Luke Fletcher, Executive Director, Jubilee Australia
- Ed Santow, Director, Policy & Governance at the Human Technology Institute
- Ella Serry, Acting Executive Manager, Strategy, Engagement and Research, Office of the Australia e-Safety Commissioner
- Estelle Parker, Executive Manager, Programs, Responsible Investment Association of Australasia
- Frances Finney, Assistant Secretary, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Branch, Attorney General’s Department
- Hannah Peters, Human Rights Manager, Woolworths
- Ian Bray, Australia Inspectorate, International Transport Workers’ Federation
- Jamie Lowe, CEO, National Native Title Council
- Jessica Tinsley, General Counsel, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Laura McManus, Director, UN Global Compact Network Australia
- Louise Davidson, CEO, Australian Council of Superannuation Investors
- Martin Commons, Director, ESG Advisory, NAB
- Michele O’Neil, President, Australian Council of Trade Unions
- Natalie Maxwell-Davis, Senior Manager, Modern Slavery Prevention and Response, Australian Red Cross
- Professor Jonathan Kolieb, RMIT
- Professor Justine Nolan, Director, Australian Human Rights Institute, University of New South Wales
- Professor Paul Redmond, UTS
- Professor Shelley Marshall, Associate Professor, RMIT
- Professor Vikram Bhakoo, University of Melbourne
- Rod Pickette, Policy Advisor, Maritime Union of Australia
- Rosalind Croucher, President, Australian Human Rights Commission
- Shanta Martin, Barrister, Victoria Bar; Independent Examiner, Australia National Contact Point (AusNCP)
- Tom Dickson, Chair, Australian OECD National Contact Point.
UNGCNA Participants: All UN Global Compact Network Australia (UNGCNA) participants are entitled to one complimentary ticket per participating organisation. Additional tickets are available for purchase.
Non-participants: Limited tickets are available for non-participants.