Women in Film and Television launches ‘Safer Workplace Strategies’ forum

Women in Film and Television has teamed up with various film and television bodies to launch a forum to teach the industry about how to create safer workplaces.

Launched in collaboration with Screen Australia, Create NSW, Australian Film and Television School, Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network, Foxtel, Screen Producers Australia, Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance as well as Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, the forum will tackle issues such as sexual harassment and assault.

The forum will run on December 12 and be streamed nationally. It will also cover issues such as bullying and intimidation within the context of the film and television industry, and will deliver a practical guide to safety and workplace rights.

Confirmed speakers include Karen Willis form Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, Adair Donaldson, civil lawyer and Fiona Cameron, chief operating officer at Screen Australia, with more to come.

WIFT’s announcement comes the same week as sexual harrasment allegations of former TV presenter Don Burke surfaced, in joint venture investigation between ABC and Fairfax Media.

Megan Riakos, WIFT NSW President said it would critical to have sector wide involvement in addressing the issues.

“The collegiate support to deliver this event is key to working towards a common goal of a safer, equitable workplace for all. I encourage everyone who works in screen to join us on December 12th.”

Screen Australia’s Cameron added: “We are committed to seeing an industry wide shift of culture and are dedicated to working with peak industry bodies  to facilitate lasting change.”


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