Code of Conduct

 

Definitions:

Queensland Writers Centre (ABN 91 291 647 516) is herein referred to as “QWC”
GenreCon is herein referred to as the “Event”

 

    1. ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

      GenreCon (the “Event”) and the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) are committed to providing a conference free from discrimination, sexual harassment, and bullying. Behaviour that constitutes discrimination, sexual harassment, or bullying will not be tolerated and will lead to action being taken, which may include being asked to leave or removal from the conference.

    Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

    Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, or genre.

    • Sexual images in public spaces
    • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
    • Harassing photography or recording
    • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
    • Inappropriate physical contact
    • Unwelcome sexual attention
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

     

    Event attendees and guests may report any behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment, bullying, or discrimination to the Events’ designated Conduct Officer, Carleton Chinner.

    The Event is intended to be an inclusive event, bringing together readers and writers across a rich variety of genres and subgenres. We look forward to your contributions, making this a positive and respectful exchange of views and insights.

     

    1.1 ENFORCEMENT

     

    Participants to the Event may asked to cease any harassing behaviour and, upon request, and are expected to comply and cease the indicated conduct immediately.

    If a participant to the Event engages in behaviour that is deemed to contravene the Event Code, Terms and Conditions or established laws relating to anti-discrimination, the Event organisers retain the right to take any action/s to ensure that the Event remains a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or, where necessary, expulsion of the offender from the Event (with no refund). and, if/where appropriate contact with the appropriate legal authorities.

    Event organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the Event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

    QWC and the Event expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!

    1.2 REPORTING

     

    If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. GenreCon staff can be identified by STAFF badges and can also be found at the Event registration desk.

    You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

    You can make an anonymous report online using the link provided in your Event program book. We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

    You can make a personal report by calling or messaging this phone number: 0412 552 285. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the Event. You may also contact a staff member in person, identified by STAFF badges.

    When taking a report in-person, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other Event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we will ask you to tell us about what happened. This may be upsetting, but we will handle it as respectfully as possible, and you may bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t identify you in the process following up on the report, to the extent permitted by law.

    Our team will be happy to help you contact the venue’s security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, and/or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

    1.3 EMERGENCY CONTACTS

     

    • Organiser’s email: [email protected]
    • Conduct Officer – Carleton Chinner  : 0419 212 038
    • GenreCon Contacts: Jenn Bell 0412 552 285
    • Security, State Library of Queensland: 07 3842 9889
    • South Brisbane Police Station: (07) 3033 4111
    • Taxi: 13 2227

     

    1. COSTUMES

     

    If you plan on wearing a costume, please be mindful that the Event is family friendly. Please use common sense, be considerate of other attendees and be aware of your surroundings.

    Nudity is not permitted. Please note that if your costume is deemed by Event Staff and/or Event Organisers to be too revealing and/or offensive, you will be asked to cover up or change.

    Shoes or other footwear must be worn at all times. Protective footwear is highly recommended, but not required.

    All military, law enforcement and other emergency service costumes should be easily distinguishable from official uniforms.

    Hate symbols, even historical hate symbols like swastikas, will not be tolerated at the Event.

    Roller blades, roller-skates and skateboards are not permitted at the Event.

    2.1. WEAPONS


    No functional weapons of any kind are allowed at the Event.

    Exceptions: The only exception of this would be those weapons provided in the program session “Fight Scene Demonstration” with Aiki Flinthart. In this instance, you will be accompanied by a licensed expert, and all attendees to the session who are to handle the weapons may be required to sign a separate agreement and/or waiver specific to that class.

    Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume.

    NOTE: All replica and/or prop firearms must be incapable of firing projectiles and must be fitted with orange barrel tips/caps. BB guns, paintball guns, dart guns, blow guns and water guns and their own accompanying ammunition will not be permitted.

    All weapons used for costume purposes during the Event must be easily distinguishable from real weapons and must be constructed from safe, lightweight material. Approved materials are: rubber, plastic, (PVC, worbla, etc.), foam, cardboard and paper mâché.

     

    2.2 REPORTING

     

    If you notice that there is a contravention of costumes and/or weapons policy at the Event, please report it as soon as possible. GenreCon staff can be identified by STAFF badges and can also be found at the Event registration desk.

    You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

    You can make an anonymous report online using the link provided in your Event program book. We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

    You can make a personal report by calling or messaging this phone number: 0412 552 285. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the Event. You may also contact a staff member in person, identified by STAFF badges.

    When taking a report in-person, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other Event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we will ask you to tell us about what happened. This may be upsetting, but we will handle it as respectfully as possible, and you may bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t identify you in the process following up on the report, to the extent permitted by law.

    Our team will be happy to help you contact the venue’s security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, and/or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

    2.3 ENFORCEMENT

    If a participant to the Event contravenes any of the Event terms and/or condition in this policy or engages in behaviour that is deemed to contravene the Event Code, Terms and Conditions or established laws relating to weapons and/or weapons licensing, then the Event organisers retain the right to take any action/s to ensure that the Event remains a welcoming and safe environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or, where necessary, expulsion of the offender from the Event (with no refund) and, if/where appropriate contact with the relevant legal authorities.

    2.4 EMERGENCY CONTACTS

    • Organiser’s email: [email protected]
    • Conduct Officer – Carleton Chinner  : 0419 212 038
    • GenreCon Contacts: Jenn Bell 0412 552 285
    • Security, State Library of Queensland: 07 3842 9889
    • South Brisbane Police Station: (07) 3033 4111
    • Taxi: 13 2227