The State government body charged with advancing and supporting the Arts and Culture in this State has placed the safety and wellbeing of all those working in the sector at the fore, by making the adoption of a workplace anti-bullying and harassment policy a condition for anyone receiving government funding.
Arts South Australia is taking a proactive leadership approach to this serious issue.
"The safety and wellbeing of our entire sector is of paramount importance," said Arts South Australia Executive Director, Peter Louca.
"Our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment for all, already a given in our own and other workplaces, will be required by anyone receiving government funding for arts and culture."
From 1 March 2018, the development and implementation of an anti-harassment policy and procedure will be a mandatory clause in all of Arts South Australia's funding agreements, meaning funding will be conditional on the recipient demonstrating they are prepared to deal with issues affecting the workplace safety of all staff and contractors.
Arts South Australia will provide guidance and is developing and collating resources to help individual practitioners and organisations with this process.
"Rather than being an onerous addition to the grant application process, Arts South Australia will provide support, advice and will collate and develop online resources to better inform individuals and organisations in developing or adapting a policy to help protect their employees or contractors," said Mr Louca. "We are also planning to hold a workshop for the major funded organisations specifically on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace and provide access to online training resources for the whole South Australian sector."
On behalf of the Minister for the Arts, the Premier Jay Weatherill MP, Arts South Australia plays a pivotal role in agenda setting, support and advocacy for the sector and helping drive the creative economy - so our artists, our organisations and our region all thrive.
It also funds South Australia’s 20 major arts organisations and cultural institutions, plus more than 20 smaller organisations and hundreds of independent artists.
Arts South Australia, our statutory authorities, State institutions and public corporations are already bound by statutory requirements or policies including: the State Government Code of Ethics; Child Safe Environments; Protocols for Working with Children in the Arts; Disability Access and Inclusion Plan; Increasing Participation of Older People in the Arts; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols and is a division of the Department of State Development, an accredited workplace under the White Ribbon Workplace to stop violence against women.
This re-writing of funding agreements goes one step further, and Arts South Australia is keen to see the sector adopt a similar zero tolerance approach to all forms of bullying and harassment.