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Creative Victoria forms working group to combat harassment and misconduct

Creative Victoria has formed a working group of industry leaders to combat sexual harassment, bullying and misconduct in Victoria’s creative industries.

Formed at the request of Victorian minister for creative industries Martin Foley, the working group’s members will share ideas and best practice from different sectors, and will advise Creative Victoria on necessary policy changes and support mechanisms.

CEO and State Library Victoria (SLV) state librarian Kate Torney represents the library sector in the working group. She is joined by representatives from Theatre Network Australia, Australian Fashion Council, Film Victoria, Games Developers’ Association of Australia and Arts Centre Melbourne.

‘Bullying and harassment in any workplace is unacceptable, and it’s important that we engage in meaningful conversations to promote supportive professional environments across all sectors, including the arts,’ said Torney. ‘State Library Victoria is proud to be working with leaders from across Victoria’s creative sector to ensure respectful workplaces for all.’

Creative Victoria said that it ‘expects all funded organisations and projects to provide a safe and respectful working environment for all’, including ‘having robust policies and procedures in place that are clear, up to date and well promoted within your organisation.’

Creative Victoria has also assembled a collection of resources to help the sector develop appropriate policies and procedures.

 

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