It is a legal obligation to prevent discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation in all areas of employment and public life, including education, provision of goods and services, and clubs and associations. This applies to the arts and cultural sector, as much as to business, government and the wider community.
Arts South Australia is committed to a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of victimisation, bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment.
The Equal Opportunity Commission provides three main services in South Australia: information, education, and assessing and resolving complaints.
The Equal Opportunity Commission has a free legal advice clinic for people facing discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation, in partnership with the University of Adelaide. The service provides legal advice on areas of Equal Opportunity law and in drafting legal documentation, statements and preparation for conciliation and Tribunal hearings.
The Australian Human Rights Commission aims to foster greater understanding and protection of human rights in Australia and to address the human rights concerns of a broad range of individuals and groups. The Commission investigates alleged infringements under federal legislation and their website includes an extensive range of publications and guides.
A number of agencies, organisations and groups in the arts and cultural sector have Codes of Conduct or Codes of Behaviour with the aim of preventing sexual harassment and abuse.
Equal Opportunity at Work: A Handbook for Employers in South Australia is a practical guide that includes action checklists and templates for policy, procedure and Code of Conduct documents.