State Library Victoria is dedicated to the safety and enjoyment of all participants in its events. This means that all participants must treat others with courtesy and be respectful in their communications and behaviour whilst participating in the event.

The Library reserves the right to set standards to ensure that everyone has a positive experience. This means that everyone should expect to be free from judgement and discrimination and that all perspectives which are respectful and non-judgemental can be expressed. The event is intended to be a safe, respectful space for people to express themselves.

As an attendee at the Future Founders Program (including but not limited to Roadshows, Festival, Hackathon, Bootcamps and other related events), your behaviour must contribute to the event being a positive and encouraging event for everyone, and this means that if you behave in a way that does not reflect respectful behaviour the Library reserves the right to give a warning. If you are asked to stop behaviour which violates this code of conduct, you are expected to comply.

If you do not do so, and if necessary, the Library may ask you to leave the event if you:

  • express sexist, racist, homophobic or any other discriminatory views
  • do not engage respectfully with other participants during the in-person or online event (violent, aggressive, or intimidating behaviour will not be permitted and will likely result in an immediate request for that participant to leave the event)
  • do not respect others’ privacy

During online social events, you are welcome to have your camera turned on. However, remember that your camera allows other participants to see into your home. Make sure any images or objects visible in the background are appropriate to share.

If you are feeling distressed or upset in any way, please let a festival staff member know – they are there to support you. You can call 03 8664 7111 or 001 61 3 8664 7111 (if you’re calling from outside Australia) or email [email protected] to report any inappropriate behaviour.