South Australia acts on sexual harassment

The state’s funding body takes a proactive stance on bullying and harassment as sector members meet to discuss workplace safety and respect.

Image: Rosie the Riveter from American artist J. Howard Miller’s ‘We Can Do It’ WWII poster. 

All future funding distributed by Arts South Australia will be conditional on recipients having formal policies that address bullying and sexual harassment.

The State government body announced its new policy on Thursday, the same day a sector-wide meeting of women, trans and non‐binary artists and arts workers met in Port Adelaide to discuss the need for having strong structures in place to protect all people from bullying and harassment.

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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