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Code of conduct

ComponentsConf enforces code of conduct


ComponentsConf 2020 is aimed at creating a valuable, informed and harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.

Conference participants or anyone interacting with the event violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.



Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal or written comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion

  • Sexual images in public spaces

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following

  • Harassing photography or recording

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events

  • Inappropriate physical contact

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour



Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Event organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues, event-related social activities as well as social media.



If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Conference staff can be identified by t-shirts. Harassment and other Code of Conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place. You can make a report either personally or anonymously.


Anonymous report

You can make an anonymous report here. We can't follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.


Personal report

You can make a personal report by:

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.


Important contact numbers

  • Police: 313 Spencer St, Docklands VIC 3008, phone: (03) 8690 4444

  • Centre Against Sexual Assault 24 hour line: 1800 806 292

  • Emergency Medical:

    • Royal Melbourne Hospital, 300 Grattan Street

    • St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, 41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC

  • Non Emergency:

    • Docklands Family Medical, 88A Lorimer St, Docklands VIC 3008,  (03) 9646 6630

    • MyClinic, 91 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9620 5299

Photo policy

We will give each attendee and organiser a yellow card to be inserted in their lanyards which is a symbol for their approval to be photographed. Each attendee will be asked to sign an approval form at time of registration at the day of the conference for further clarity.

All organisers and attendees will have the choice if they would not like to be photographed.

All photographs taken by the organising team only will be used for commercial purposes such as future conference promotions, post conference discussions and social media platforms related to the conference and its organisers.

In case of any doubt, please ask before taking photographs of attendees, speakers or staff.


Inclusive language

In our commitment to a harassment-free and inclusive environment we strongly believe it's important to pay attention to harmful language patterns.



Words like "crazy", "dumb", "insane" or "lame" are examples of ableist language, devaluing people who have physical or mental disabilities. Its appearance often stems not from any intentional desire to offend, but from our innate sense of what it means to be normal. These words can be avoided by using more fitting, clearer descriptions of what we want to communicate.

To find out more about ableism and replacement terms please read this guide.


Using gendered terms like "dude" or "guys" to address a mixed-gendered group of people contributes to furthering exclusion of underrepresented individuals. We strongly advise avoiding gendered pronouns as well as gendered terms.

For more information please familiarise yourself with Geek Feminism wiki guide.



This Code of Conduct was based on The Geek Feminism wiki, the work of Valerie Aurora Mary Gardiner and Conference Code of Conduct. Also some sections inspired by the code of conduct designed by CSSConf AU 2018.

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