Torquay Theatre Troupe Inc.

Making quality theatre accessible to the local community

CODE OF CONDUCT (amended 10th June 2020)

OVERVIEW

The Code of Conduct aims to assist Torquay Theatre Troupe to uphold its core values and create a safe, fair, and inclusive environment for those participating in all theatre activities.

TTT seeks to ensure that everyone involved in TTT is aware of their legal and ethical rights and responsibilities, as well as the standards of behaviour expected of them.

All persons involved in TTT are nurtured in an inclusive non-discriminating environment that values safety, trust, respect, caring and responsibility. The motivation for TTT volunteers to give freely of their time is to be found in: -.

  • Caring and Camaraderie
  • Trust and Teamwork
  • Respect and Responsibility
  • Safety and Support

As part of the TTT community, each person makes a commitment to actively encourage behaviours that promote a supportive and nurturing environment.

MEMBER CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOUR

TTT expects from all members the highest standards of conduct and behaviour, these expectations and requirements are reflected under the TTT Constitution.

As a condition of membership members agree to observing TTT values and this code of conduct which guide and govern the behaviours of all members.

VALUES

  • Integrity and Respect
  • Recognising the contribution that people make to TTT
  • Treating others with dignity and consideration,
  • Care for the property and equipment they use.
  • Fairness in decision-making out of respect to all.

1. Teamwork

Collaboration and working together to achieve outcomes and resolve issues. Supporting one another.

2. Fun and Enjoyment

TTT should be enjoyable for all those participating in it. Efforts should be recognised and rewarded to fuel the passion and have fun along the way.

3. Excellence

TTT strive for best practice in everything they do—seeking the highest of standards 19

to achieve the best possible outcomes for TTT, members and audience

CODE OF CONDUCT:

Members and supporters involved in any way with TTT will:

  • respect the rights, dignity and worth of others—treat others as you would like to be treated yourself
  • be ethical, considerate, fair, courteous, and honest in all dealings with other people and organisations
  • be professional in, and accept responsibility for your actions
  • be aware of and always follow TTT standards, rules, policies and procedures and promote those standards, rules, policies and procedures to others
  • understand the possible consequences of breaching the Codes and/or this Policy
  • report any breaches of the Codes or this Policy to the appropriate Committee person
  • provide a safe environment for the conduct of activities
  • refrain from any form of Abuse, Harassment, Discrimination and Victimisation towards others
  • raise concerns regarding decisions of TTT through the appropriate channels and in a timely manner
  • be a positive role model to others
  • respect and protect confidential information obtained through TTT activities or services.
  • ensure that any physical contact with others is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the play/person skill development
  • maintain a duty of care towards others

MEMBER PROTECTION PERSON

All productions are required to appoint a Member Protection Person (MPP).

The MPP is a volunteer responsible for supporting member protection and wellbeing.

MPPs can investigate and manage member complaints and report to the committee.

Any TTT committee member has a responsibility to respond to inappropriate behaviour if it is witnessed or brought to their attention. Depending on the circumstance, they can counsel a member directly and informally or refer to the MPP to initiate a systematic process.

ANTI-BULLYING

Victoria’s Anti-Bullying law applies to all forms of serious bullying, including physical, psychological, verbal, and cyber bullying.

Bullying is often characterised by threats, abusive and offensive words, or conduct. Serious bullying may also include conduct or behaviour that could reasonably be expected to cause the victim to engage in thoughts or actions that involve self-harm.

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY:

The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 provides protections from discrimination and sexual 20

harassment in public life in Victoria. Under the act, it is against the law to discriminate against a person based on:

  • age
  • breastfeeding
  • carer status
  • disability
  • employment activity
  • gender identity
  • lawful sexual activity
  • marital status
  • parental status
  • physical features
  • political belief or activity
  • pregnancy
  • race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, and ethnic origin)
  • religious belief or activity
  • sexual orientation

It is also against the law to discriminate against those who have a personal association with someone who has, or is assumed to have, any of these personal characteristics.

COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

Inform the other person, either in person or in writing, that their behaviour is unacceptable and causing you anxiety. This may be enough to stop the unwelcome behaviour. Keep a diary of all incidents, discussions and responses.

If the behaviour continues discuss your concerns with the Producer or Stage Manager.

If no solution is found, contact our Member Protection Person (MPP) who will discuss the problem in strict confidence. The MPP can explain the Complaints Procedure, discuss options and assist you to make the next step, which will involve an approach to a mediator.

The mediator will clarify the problem and bring both parties together, with witnesses if appropriate, in an attempt to find a resolution acceptable to both parties.

If mediation is unsuccessful the matter will be referred to TTT Officers of the Committee for appropriate action.

This document is not designed to be exhaustive, but all involved in Torquay Theatre Troupe activities will be expected to uphold both the letter and the spirit of the Code.

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