MELBOURNE LINDY EXCHANGE 2015

Need Help?

If you are injured, feel uncomfortable or unsafe, or are experiencing or witnessing inappropriate behaviour, please let us know immediately. We will take urgent action. We will handle your complaint with absolute seriousness and in the strictest confidence.

  1. You can approach:
  1. the event manager (pictured online and at the front desk)
  2. our volunteers at the front desk
  3. our roaming volunteers (wearing colourful hats to identify themselves!)
  1. Ask for the event manager, who will handle your issue as a matter of priority.
  2. If you do not feel comfortable speaking to someone while at the event itself, please contact us at mlxsafespace@gmail.com or contact our event Safe Space Officer.   In 2015, please contact Genevieve on 0468 936 386.
  3. We also have an anonymous feedback form for issues relating to the Code of Conduct. Our anonymous form is located here: http://tinyurl.com/q83yjn9
  4. If someone lets you know that they are uncomfortable about another attendee’s behaviour, please encourage them to come and talk to us, or seek their permission to come and talk to us yourself. Even if they think it is not a big deal , we want to know about it so we can be prepared to take action and prevent situations from escalating.

MLX will stand by you and support you.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Melbourne Lindy Exchange (MLX) is dedicated to providing a safe event experience for everyone involved, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). Everyone at our event (including attendees, DJs, volunteers, band members and staff) has an absolute right to feel safe and respected at all times. We do not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form.

Everyone attending or associated with MLX in any capacity is required to abide by the MLX code of conduct at all times. If you violate the following standards of conduct, we may ask you to leave the event immediately and will notify the police if necessary. We may ask you to not return over the course of the weekend, or to future events. We reserve the right to decide who attends MLX and we will ensure the comfort and safety of all attendees.

We expect every person to take ownership of their language.

We expect every person to take ownership of their actions. This can include:


Sexual Harassment

This policy is based on the Victorian standard – read more at http://www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/index.php/types-of-discrimination/sexual-harassment 

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour, which could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be physical, verbal or written. It can include:

Sexual harassment is against the law and some types of sexual harassment can also be a criminal offence. These include indecent exposure, stalking and sexual assault, as well as obscene or threatening phone calls, letters, emails, text messages and posts on social networking sites.

A single incident is enough to constitute sexual harassment – it doesn’t have to be repeated.

Bullying

Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological abuse that creates a risk to a person's health and safety (including mental health).

In the most severe cases, bullying behaviours can now be treated as a crime in Victoria.

Sexual harassment and bullying behaviours will not be tolerated at MLX. It is your responsibility not to sexually harass or bully other people. Educate yourself on what types of behaviour are appropriate, and act accordingly. Always seek consent.

These rules also apply to all online and electronic forms of communication that are associated with this event.

MLX POLICIES

Alcohol Policy

Do not bring alcohol to our licensed events.

You may bring alcoholic beverages to non-licensed venues.

Illegal Substances Policy

Attendees are not to bring illegal substances or items to any MLX event.  This includes illicit drugs and weapons of any sort. Please familiarise yourself with the relevant Victorian laws if you are from interstate or overseas.

Unaccompanied Minors Policy

As MLX has licenced events, we are legally restricted from having minors attend without a parent or guardian.  

All licensed or late night events require a parent or parent-appointed guardian to be in attendance at the event for all attendees under the age of 18 for the entire time that the minor attendee is at the event. It is the responsibility of the parent of any minor to organise this prior to the event, we are not able to stand in proxy for parents at an event that we run.

Accommodation for minors should also be organised by parents before the event so that they are comfortable with the arrangements and the minor feels safe in the environment in which they are placed.

Minors will be required to wear an identifying item (wristband, etc.) provided by MLX so that licenced venues and other attendees can identify them.

Hosting Policy

MLX will endeavour to find appropriate hosting for all people that request it, but due to high demand this may not always be possible.  

We will advise you of the status of your request as early as possible so that you can find alternate accommodation.  Please let us know if your circumstances change and you no longer require accommodation.

Any MLX participant acting as a host or hostee, either officially or unofficially in the hosting program,  shall be bound by the Code of Conduct.

MLX will not provide hosting for unaccompanied minors.  See the Unaccompanied Minor Policy regarding the minor’s parent’s responsibility for organising accommodation.


PROCEDURES

Reporting issues

You can contact us by:

Our response

All reports will be taken seriously and confidentially.

When a report is made:

  1. A staff member or volunteer will direct the reporter immediately to the designated Safe Space Officer. In 2015, please contact Genevieve on 0468 936 386.
  2. Staff will communicate with the other parties to determine all sides of the story as soon as practicable.  Confidentiality of all parties will be respected.
  3. We will communicate our response to all parties involved separately.

Actions

Depending on each individual situation, the following are possible actions that the Safe Space Officer or Event Manager may take:

This list is not exhaustive and each issue will be dealt with on an independent basis.