Sexual harassment, bullying and misconduct of any kind have no place in our creative state. Creative Victoria expects all funded organisations and projects to provide a safe and respectful working environment for all. This means having robust policies and procedures in place that are clear, up to date and well promoted within your organisation.
At the request of the Minister for Creative Industries, Creative Victoria has convened a working group of industry leaders to explore ways to address these issues within the creative industries in Victoria, and to promote and advance cultural change.
The members are:
- Nicole Beyer, Executive Director, Theatre Network Australia
- Dave Giles-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Fashion Council
- Caroline Pitcher, Chief Executive Officer, Film Victoria
- Anne Robertson, Executive Officer, Public Galleries Association of Victoria
- Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne
- Catryn Tuckwell, General Counsel, Arts Centre Melbourne
The following resources have been compiled to assist you to better understand these issues, and develop appropriate policies and procedures.
The Arts Wellbeing Collective
The Arts Wellbeing Collective is an Arts Centre Melbourne initiative that involves a group of arts and cultural organisations with a shared vision to effect better mental health and wellbeing for performing arts workers.
See the Arts Wellbeing latest news.
Support Act Wellbeing Helpline
Support Act, a registered charity supporting those that work in the music industry, is piloting a sector-wide Wellbeing Helpline, staffed by clinicians with an understanding of the unique challenges of the performing arts industry. The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a free, confidential service, available 24/7 to anyone who works in the performing arts.
The helpline number is 1800 959 500.
As part of the Arts Wellbeing Collective suite of programs, Arts Centre Melbourne has partnered with Support Act. Find more information on this partnership in this Q&A section.
Australian Human Rights Commission
Know Where the Line Is is a national awareness raising strategy to help both employers and employees to identify and stop sexual harassment in the workplace. It is a partnership between the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has provided a comprehensive guide for companies wishing to develop their own sexual harassment policy, including employer and employee responsibilities.
This publication aims to assist small, medium and large employers to understand and meet their legal obligations under the Sex Discrimination Act. It also provides practical guidance on how employers can prevent sexual harassment and how to respond effectively when it occurs.
This publication aims to help employees to recognise and respond to sexual harassment, with relevant statistics, case studies and contacts for further support and information.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has provided clear guidelines around different categories of workplace harassment and bullying, with clear definitions, examples and pathways for complaints.
Worksafe Victoria provides an online toolkit to help manage workplace bullying, which includes specific resources and campaign materials to help prevent occupational violence and aggression in your workplace.
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)
Targeted at professionals in the media, entertainment and arts industries, MEAA has prepared this fact sheet to help members understand their rights and how to get help.
Institute of Community Directors Australia
The Institute of Community Directors Australia provides a comprehensive list of templates, produced with legal oversight, to assist organisations in developing their own policies around workplace discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying.
Codes of Conduct
Several peak bodies and statutory authorities in Australia's creative industries have developed broad, robust Codes of Practice for their sector, following extensive stakeholder consultation. Creative Victoria strongly recommends that Victorian arts organisations read and adopt the policy that is most relevant to their sector.
Theatre Network Australia
Live Performance Australia
- Industry Code of Practice to Prevent Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Bullying
The following support services are available to victims of sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace:
- Support Act
- CASA (Centre Against Sexual Assault)
- 1800 RESPECT National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service
- Beyond Blue
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line
- WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange)