Code of Conduct

IGEA believes the games industry should be open for everyone and we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, age, physical appearance or work experience.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at Games Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP) and the Australian Game Developer Awards (AGDAs) are required to abide and agree with the following code of conduct at all conference venues including digital spaces. The organisers (IGEA) will enforce this code throughout the event.

This Code of Conduct outlines expected behaviour as well as the consequences of unacceptable behaviour.

Expected behaviour

  • Be respectful, courteous and considerate to all attendees, speakers and volunteers
  • Harassment in any form will not be tolerated
  • Abuse in any form will not be tolerated
  • Alert IGEA staff members if you notice unacceptable behaviour, a dangerous situation or a person in any form of distress

Unacceptable behaviour

Unacceptable behaviours include intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees, speakers, sponsors or volunteers such as:

  • Physical, written, verbal or other abuse including intimidation, threats, annoyance and stalking
  • Any boisterous, lewd or offensive behaviour or language, including but not limited to using sexually explicit or offensive language, materials or conduct, or any language, behaviour or content that contains profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious, gender, or ethnic slurs
  • Continued disturbances and disruptions in person and in digital spaces
  • The use of physical force
  • Any behaviours which create apprehension in another person
  • Possession of any item that can be used as a weapon which may cause danger to others
  • Failure to obey any rules or regulations of any venues including digital spaces
  • Harassment includes:
    • Offensive verbal comments or actions related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, age, physical appearance or work experience.
    • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recordings; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
    • Sexual Harassment which is against the law at both a state and federal level. Under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) Sexual Harassment occurs when there is:
      • An unwanted sexual advance
      • An unwelcome request for sexual favours towards another person; or
      • Any other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that reasonably makes another person feel offended, humiliated and/or intimidated as a result of the act
    • Behaviours likely to be considered sexual in nature include but are not limited to:
      • Requests for sex or repeated unwanted requests to go on dates;
      • Staring or leering
      • Unwelcome touching
      • Inappropriate advances towards another person on social media or in a digital space
      • Sexually explicit physical contact
      • Sexually explicit emails or SMS text messages
      • Sexually explicit pictures of posters and
      • Suggestive comments or jokes

Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstance. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behaviour, IGEA may take any action they deem appropriate including expulsion from the conference without warning or refund.

What to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behaviour

If you are subject to unacceptable behaviour, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behaviour at GCAP, or have any other concerns, please notify an IGEA staff member or GCAP/AGDA volunteer as soon as possible. All reports will remain completely confidential.
In the first instance please call +61 410 601 497 or +61 433 835 093. You can also email Raelene Knowles – raelene@igea.net or Sav Wolfe sav.emmett.wolfe@thearcade.melbourne

All reports will be kept confidential. In some cases, we may determine that a public statement will need to be made. If that’s the case, the identities of all victims and reporters will remain confidential unless those individuals instruct us otherwise.

If you are unsure whether the incident is a violation, we encourage you to still report it. We do not look negatively on you if we find the incident is not a violation. Knowing about incidents that are not violations, or happen outside our spaces, can also help us to improve the Code of Conduct or the processes surrounding it.

Scope

We expect all GCAP and AGDA participants to abide by this Code of Conduct at all conference venues, which includes both physical and digital spaces.