Code of Conduct
DDD Melbourne is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of but not limited to: gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate anywhere. This applies to conference talks also.
Conference participants or anyone interacting with the event violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Verbal or written comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion
- 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
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Conference staff can be identified by TBD event branded t-shirts and organiser name tags. Harassment and other Code of Conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place. You can make a report either personally or anonymously.
You can make a personal report by:
- Contacting a staff member, identified by TBD event branded t-shirts and organiser name tags
- Sending a direct message to our Twitter account: DDDMelb
- Emailing us: [email protected]
Emails and Twitter direct messages will be monitored by our media officer Rebecca Waters as well as select subset of the organising team.
When taking a personal report, 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'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.
Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.
You can make an anonymous report here. 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.
Important contact numbers
- Police: Melbourne West Police Station, 313 Spencer St, Docklands VIC 3008
- Centre Against Sexual Assault: 24 hour line Phone: 1800 806 292
- Emergency Medical: Royal Melbourne Hospital, 300 Grattan St, Melbourne VIC 3000
- Non Emergency Medical: Swanston Street Medical Centre, Level 3, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to:
- Listen to the complaint with an open mind and consider the effect rather than intent of the behaviour in question
- Not be dismissive of the complainant
- Understand any advice given on how to act in the future
- Comply with the directions of the DDD Melbourne organisers
If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
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. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues, event-related social activities as well as social media.
In our commitment to a harassment-free and inclusive environment we strongly believe it's important to pay attention to harmful language patterns.
Words like "crazy", "dumb", "insane" or "lame" are examples of ableist language, devaluating people who have physical or mental disabilities. Its appearance often stems not from any intentional desire to offend, but from our innate sense of what it means to be normal. These words can be avoided by using more fitting, clearer descriptions of what we intend to communicate.
To find out more about ableism and replacement terms please read this guide.
Using gendered terms like "dude" or "guys" to address a mixed-gendered group of people contributes to furthering exclusion of underrepresented individuals. We strongly advise avoiding gendered pronouns as well as gendered terms.
For more information please familiarise yourself with Geek Feminism wiki guide.
We will have colored lanyards for attendees to indicate their comfort level with being photographed:
- Green: fine to photograph
- Yellow: do not photograph
In case of any doubt, please ask before taking photographs of attendees, speakers or staff.
Last update: June 7, 2020