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Everyone has the right to a safe workplace: our resource guide

Tip Published Tuesday 8 September 2020
We are committed to ensuring a safe space for our employees and members, and request the same commitment from those we work with

A workplace can range from an office environment, a studio to a working from home set up, or other places

We are committed to ensuring a safe space for our employees and members, and request the same commitment from those we work with

Access some services and resources below that can help with ensuring a safe space


The workplace can be many different places and spaces for our staff, members, and third-party collaborators and service providers. It could be an office, a work-from-home set-up, a studio, a creative space and so on.

And no matter the setting or the work at hand, everyone has the right to a safe, respectful and ethical workplace. We're committed to ensuring that for our employees, members and the people and organisations we work and collaborate with, and we request that shared commitment of the third party service providers that we engage.

We have recently updated our resource guide around safe workplaces in the contemporary music industry. There are vital services that can provide support and assistance to those who may have experienced discrimination, harassment or bullying in the workplace.

Additionally, please refer to these helpful resources and helplines:

APRA AMCOS supports safe workplaces in the contemporary music industry.

We are committed to the prevention of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and bullying. Our commitment extends to asking our suppliers and partners to adhere to a code of conduct to ensure the prevention of discrimination and harassment in their workplaces.

Below is a resources guide, to support organisations in creating a code of conduct; and assist people who have experienced discrimination, harassment or bullying.

National Sexual Assault, Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

1800 RESPECT

1800RESPECT is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services to provide support for:

People experiencing, or at risk of experiencing sexual assault, domestic or family violence Their friends and family

Workers and professionals supporting someone experiencing, or at risk of experiencing sexual assault, domestic or family violence

1800RESPECT is a confidential service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

They can provide information, referrals to help services and counselling.

www.1800respect.org.au

Lifeline

13 11 14

Area Health - Sexual Assault Services

Many local Area Health Services have sexual assault services, for help with crisis counselling as well as medical and ongoing counselling needs, help in reporting a sexual assault to the police and preparing for any court hearings or making a victim impact statement. These services are free and confidential. Please check with your local area health service.

Support Act Wellbeing Helpline

1800 959 500

A free, confidential counselling service that is available 24/7 to anyone working in Australian music or the arts, who needs to talk to someone about any aspect of their wellbeing.

supportact.org.au

Support Act First Nations Dedicated Support Line

1800 861 085

Support Act First Nations Dedicated Support Line facilitates a culturally safe experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, crew and music workers.

This is a free and confidential service specifically catered to First Nations people in providing help with your mental health and wellbeing.

Support Act Manager Support Hotline

1800 818 728

Support Act now offers a consultative service for artist managers, line managers, team leaders and those with MHFA training (“managers”) who are providing support to music and arts workers in relation to their mental health and wellbeing.

Legal Help

National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC)

Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are independently operating not-for-profit community organisations that provide legal and related services to the public, focusing on the disadvantaged and people with special needs.

naclc.org.au

Women’s Legal Service

Women’s Legal Services Australia is a national network of community legal centres specialising in women’s legal issues

wlsa.org.au

Policy and Legislative Requirements

Live Performance Australia

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has released the Australian Live Performance Industry code of practice to prevent workplace discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and bullying. This code mirrors the code released by Screen Producers Australia (SPA). Both organisations worked closely with Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) to develop and finalise the codes.

The code is organised in two parts: Part A is a guide for employers, including an overview of relevant legislative framework and obligations, as well as best practice guidance on steps employers can take to effectively prevent and respond to discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace; and Part B includes templates and resources to help employers develop their own policies and procedures:

liveperformance.com.au/resource

Fair Work Ombudsman

www.fairwork.gov.au

Australian Human Rights Commission

www.humanrights.gov.au

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner - Image Based Abuse

Image-based abuse (IBA) occurs when intimate, nude or sexual images are distributed without the consent of those pictured. This includes real, altered and drawn pictures and videos. While most image-based abuse is about the sharing of images without consent, it can also include the threat of an image being shared.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides support for people who have experienced image-based abuse by providing reporting options, support and resources for victims, their family and friends, and bystanders.

www.esafety.gov.au/image-based-abuse