2021 May 5

Electronics Watch Expands its Reach to Australia

Curtin University and Electronics Watch celebrate the first affiliation in Australia. Electronics are recognized as being in the top five imported products in Australia at risk of modern slavery with a combined import value of nearly $10 billion.

Curtin University is the biggest university in Western Australia. Established in 1966 it is Australia’s first university of technology. In response to the Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018, Curtin and 35 other universities in Australia through the Australian University Procurement Network (AUPN) have been working on an industry focused response. The purpose of this response is to reduce the risk of modern slavery across their supply chains.

Lindsay Covi (Ashcroft), Category Officer at Curtin University, said: “To be able to respond to this risk in a meaningful way we are delighted to be the first Australian affiliate to join Electronics Watch. The work that Electronics Watch does on the ground with the manufacturers of electronic equipment gives Curtin real visibility on our IT supply chain. Affiliation also provides us the opportunity to be with those at the forefront of effecting positive change on the supply chain. We anticipate being able to “look ever forward” together.”

Julie Petticrew, Country Representative for Australia, said: “I am very happy to welcome our first affiliate in Australia. We are looking forward to engaging with Curtin University and their supply chains on forced labour and other labour rights issues.”

Curtin University will be working towards using the recently released Contract Conditions for Australia.

Curtin University and Electronics Watch acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.