|Document Owner||Finance, Facilities, ICLT and Planning Services|
|Approval Date||12 February 2021|
|Release Date||9 March 2021|
|Compliance Date||9 March 2021|
|Review Date||1 June 2022|
Policy in Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) is developed to support the implementation of consistent and comprehensive practices to guide quality Catholic learning and teaching in systemic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong.
Policy is developed within the context of documents and frameworks. These include:
Modern slavery includes situations where coercion, threats or deception are used to exploit people and undermine their dignity and freedom.
Modern Slavery Practices Relevant to Business violate universally recognised human rights, are crimes and they pose a serious business risk to the operations and reputation of Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW). Catholic social teaching calls for the dignity of work, the rights of workers and advancing the common good.
Modern Slavery Core Principles that inform the policy enable CEDoW to prevent, and ultimately eradicate by 2030 modern slavery, by managing and mitigating risk within our operations, business relationships and supply chains.
This Policy has been developed in collaboration with the Australian Catholic Anti-slavery Network (ACAN), to support all staff in meeting Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong's (CEDoW) compliance with legislation addressing modern slavery including Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth), Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
It is expected that Staff, suppliers and business partners will take all reasonable measure to comply with this Policy.
The Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) Modern Slavery Policy must be implemented in conjunction with the following policies where relevant:
The Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) Leadership Team (or delegate(s)):
|1.1||advise staff that:|
|1.1.1||identification, prevention, management and mitigation of modern slavery risk is a core responsibility of all workers|
|1.1.2||business operations or relationships that knowingly support, facilitate or encourage worker exploitation or Modern slavery are strictly forbidden|
|1.1.3||any actual or suspected activity of non-compliance must be reported according to the CEDoW Modern Slavery Non-Compliance Procedure|
|1.2||insert appropriate anti-slavery clauses into procurement tenders and contracts|
|1.3||undertake supplier reviews, including self-assessments, to assess levels of modern slavery risk, commitment and capacity to manage identified risks including new companies seeking to do business|
|2.1||confidentially report, any actual or potential Modern slavery risks immediately, including violations, illegal or unethical conduct according to the CEDoW Modern Slavery Non-Compliance Procedure|
|2.2||immediately escalate to the Principal, or in the case of Catholic Education Office staff, their relevant Head of Service, information they receive from outside CEDoW, of any suspected or actual modern slavery practices, indicators or red flags with CEDoW or supply chains|
|3.1||support CEDoW efforts to assess the levels of risk within their operations and supply chains, and to gauge their commitment and capability to manage Modern slavery risks|
|3.2||demonstrate how they identify, prevent, manage and mitigate modern slavery risk to the operations and supply chains|
|3.3||report, any actual or potential modern slavery practices, indicators or red flags immediately to the CEDoW Modern Slavery Liaison Officer (MSLO) for investigation by the CEDoW Modern Slavery Compliance Team (MSCT)|
Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth)
Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)
Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network
The CEDoW Modern Slavery Policy Self-Assessment is provided to support schools in their implementation of all Policy expectations.
Download the Modern Slavery Policy Self-Assessment here [Download as a Word doc, or complete the self-assessment in Google doc format by selecting 'Open with Google Docs' then going to File > Make a Copy]