New Code of Practice Launched for the Australian Entertainment Industry

Scarlett Di Maio
| August 15, 2018

Live Performance Australia (LPA) and Screen Producers Australia (SPA) have announced a new Code of Practice covering discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and bullying.

The Australian Live Performance Industry Code of Practice to Prevent Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Bullying, will come into effect on 3 September,

This Code of Practice has been prepared to support the live performance industry by affirming the industry’s commitment to providing safe, respectful, inclusive and flexible workplaces.

The Code was developed by LPA and SPA with the aid of Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA).

It is broken down into two parts:

Part A – A guide for employers including an overview of the relevant legislative framework and obligations, as well as best practice guidance on steps you can take to effectively prevent and respond to discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace.

Part B – Templates and resources to assist you to develop new policies and procedures.

A copy which incorporates both Parts A and B can be found here.

The Code will cover commercial and independent producers, promoters, performing arts companies, all venues from stadiums to regional music clubs, festivals, ticketing firms, exhibition companies and technical suppliers, of all sizes.

It will cover everyone from every tier of executives to workers of every kind in the sector, including volunteers, people doing work experience and outside contractors.

The Code also looks at the legal obligations of employers, shared responsibility in maintaining a safe workplace and how to handle complaints and investigations. However the Code is not and does not seek to be a binding legal document. It is not incorporated as a term of any contract and creates no rights enforceable by a worker against an employer. It is not intended to be legal advice, so it is encouraged that organisations confirm the legal requirements that apply to their own organisation before putting the code in practice.

LPA chief executive, Evelyn Richardson said, “It’s important for our industry to have consistent standards and practices that provide safe and respectful workplaces for all our workers.

“While many of our members already have policies and procedures in place, we see a vital role for providing an industry code and tools that can be implemented by companies irrespective of company size, capability or resources.”

“This code is a part of our commitment to driving meaningful and long-term cultural change.”

Matthew Deaner, CEO of Screen Producers Australia was as emphatic about the need for such a code.

“Everyone has the right to a safe workplace,” he stated. “The screen industry code will provide producers with practical tools to create a safe and positive work environment for all workers in our industry.”

“We are united and committed to this cause.”

“These changes are necessary to ensure that everyone in the industry gets the message about making our workplaces safe and inclusive for all,” added MEAA chief executive Paul Murphy.

“The processes in the new policy are crystal clear and will lead to better workplaces throughout Australia’s entertainment industry.”

Last month the music and screen industries also collaborated to call on the Federal government to evolve Australian content quotas, a topic which we revisited last fortnight.

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