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Sex Discrimination Commissioner opens Safer Workplace Strategies forum

Peak industry bodies have collaborated to bring the best minds together in a forum working towards cultural change to stamp out sexual harassment in the Australian Screen sector. Women in Film and Television (WIFT) NSW has joined with Screen Australia, Create NSW, Foxtel, Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network, Screen Producers Australia, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) together with Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia to present the 'Safer Workplace Strategies' forum. The forum is also supported by a myriad of industry organisations including Australian Writers’ Guild, Australian Screen Editors Guild and Australian Cinematographers Society amongst others.

The half-day forum on Tuesday 12 December hosted by AFTRS, will be live streamed nationally via WIFT NSW Facebook page. The forum will hear from experts in the screen, law, sexual assault and workplace protection industries. The key note address presented via video-link by Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, will bring Kate’s knowledge of cultural reform and working with Male Champions of Change to the session.                            

Industry leader Margaret Pomeranz, Director of the Board of AACTA and Journalist Emma Alberici, Presenter on ABC’s Lateline, will moderate the panels.  Panelists include Gelina Talbot, Acting Assistant Commissioner NSW Police; Adair Donaldson, Civil Lawyer; Louise Rumble, Special Counsel Workplace Relations and Safety, Holding Redlich; Mark Donaldson, Business and Legal Affairs, Screen Producers Australia and Menaka Cooke, Counsellor and HR expert and many more.

The panels will examine sexual harassment and assault as well as broader bullying and intimidation within the context of the film and television industry.  Karen Willis, Executive Officer, R&DVS Australia will lead “toolkit sessions” on “Empowering Ethical Bystanders” and “Frameworks for organisational policy and cultural change”.

Megan Riakos, WIFT NSW President says “WIFT NSW has been overwhelmed by the support from key industry partners. It is a reflection of the seriousness of the issue that our industry has come together so quickly and with such passion to put this forum on. This is a tipping point for the sector and WIFT NSW is proud to be leading this reform and cultural change”.

WIFT NSW encourages employers to set aside time for staff to attend the session or view the live streaming of the event. 

Contact: Megan Riakos 0402 061 569 |


Safer Workplace Strategies – Forum Information

8.45am to 1.30pm on Tuesday 12 December at Australian Film Television and Radio School – Moore Park, Sydney.

To register to attend or view live streaming visit 

The following live sites will be in operation on the day:

6th Floor, Marine Board Building, 1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart
Hosted by Screen Tasmania

​Canberra Technology Park

Phillip Avenue, Block A, Room 212 Watson
Hosted by Screen Canberra

Griffith Film School
226 Grey St, Building S05, Room 2.04
Hosted by Griffith Film School

Hosted by Screen Australia (location tbc).


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