Code of Conduct
DDD Perth is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or other characteristic. We do not tolerate harassment in any form and the use of sexual language and imagery is not appropriate anywhere. Conference participants, members or anyone interacting with the event or organisation violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference and/or organisation 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 but not exclusive 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 or unwanted physical contact
- Unwelcome sexual attention
- Advocating for, or encouraging any of the above behaviour
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, devaluing people who have physical or mental disabilities or different needs. Its appearance often stems not from any intentional desire to offend, but from existing cultural language patterns which reflect a specific definition 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.
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. DDD Perthcommittee members and trained volunteers can be identified by branded t-shirts and organiser name tags. Harassment and other Code of Conduct violations reduce the value of our events for everyone. We want you to be happy and safe at our events. 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 DDD Perth committee member or trained team member, identified by branded t-shirts and organiser name tags
- Sending a direct message to our Twitter account: DDDPerth
- Emailing us: [email protected]
Emails and Twitter direct messages will be monitored by our media officers as well as select subset of the organising team.
When taking a personal report, our team 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 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 and participation at DDD Perth events and in the community.
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: 2 Fitzgerald St, Northbridge WA 6003 Phone: (08) 9422 7111
- Centre Against Sexual Assault: 24 hour line Phone: 1800 806 292
- Emergency Medical: Royal Perth Hospital, 197 Wellington St, Perth WA 6000
- Non Emergency Medical: Perth Medical Centre, 713 Hay St, Perth WA 6000 Phone: (08) 9481 4342
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 complaint
- Understand any advice given on how to act in the future
- Comply with the directions of the DDD Perth organisers
The DDD Perth committee may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting events or making the environment hostile for any participants or attendees. We expect participants, attendees and members to follow this Code of Conduct at all DDD Perth events, venues, event-related social activities as well as social media.
If an attendee, member or participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep DDD Perth events a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender, expulsion from the conference, event and/or organisation with no refund or refusal of entry to future events.
We will have coloured lanyards for attendees to indicate their comfort level with being photographed:
- Black: fine to photograph
- Red: do not photograph
In case of any doubt, please ask before taking photographs of attendees, speakers or DDD Perth team members.
Last update: June 6, 2023