Sexual harassment and abuse targeted through new Code of Behaviour

Described as a living document, which can be updated as required following sector input, the Code of Practice is based on a similar model recently adopted by the Royal Court Theatre.

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Recent developments in the arts and entertainment industry have led to Theatre Network NSW introducing a Code of Behaviour to prevent sexual harassment and abuses of power in the theatre sector.

The need for such a Code was one of several topics raised at Theatre Network NSW’s recent wellbeing summit, and was also a hot topic at Artstate Lismore last week.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts