Code of Conduct

Continuum constantly reviews the Code of Conduct. If you have any comments to make on this process, or suggestions for edits, please email info@continuum.org.au.

Code of Conduct

Continuum is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and positive experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of convention participants in any form. Images, language and behaviour that disrespect any parties or groups at Continuum are not appropriate in any official venue of Continuum. We expect all members to behave appropriately and follow the Code of Conduct at all Continuum venues and related social events. Members violating the code of conduct in any way may be sanctioned or expelled from Continuum without a refund at the discretion of the Committee.

The Continuum Committee are here to make sure everything runs smoothly and that everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy the convention. Please do not hesitate to approach a committee member with any concerns or questions you have. Committee members are easily identifiable by our cool green badges.

Harassment

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments [related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion], sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Members asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Dealers are also subject to the Code of Conduct.

Members are not being asked to not touch, talk, or interact with other members! Please remember that people have different personal boundaries, so respect their space and remember that consent is awesome.

Behaviour on Premises

While both the convention and the venue will exercise all due care and responsibility to ensure the safety of participants and their property, no liability will be accepted for loss or damage of items or personal effects brought onto the convention site.

Children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. A child is a person 12 years of age or younger. If an adolescent is deemed to be unruly or obnoxious, they will be required to spend the entire convention in the company of their parent or guardian, who if not in attendance will be sent for. The Committee reserve the right to decide what is unruly or obnoxious. Please note: Continuum does not provide a child-minding service for attendees. Parents and guardians are advised to make their own arrangements.

No weapons are to be brought to, worn or carried at any time during the convention (including water pistols, real or replica guns, swords or knives), unless approved as part of an official event. Only the Committee may approve such weapons and their participation in any event. See the Maskobalo section (below) for more on costuming. If the real life version of what you’re carrying can hurt people, check with us first.

There is no official dress code. Whilst we firmly believe that costumes do not equal consent, and that cosplay often involves a bit of skimp, we would like to retain a PG rating. Costumes that have no purpose other than to be confrontational are likely to get a warning, as such outfits may impact on the enjoyment of other members. If you’re unsure, please ask the Committee. For insurance purposes, all members must wear footwear.

If people wish to record panels or events they attend, they must get permission of all participants to be recorded. People using recording equipment must not obstruct other people’s views or thoroughfares. The Committee reserve the right not to allow filming or sound recording for any reason. Still photography is permitted. Ask first if you want to record anything.

Equipment under use by Continuum may only be used with permission. Unauthorised access will be followed by ejection from the con, and the bill for any damage or loss will be sent to the member. Don’t touch stuff that doesn’t belong to you.

The convention site is a non-smoking venue, and members must abide by the terms and conditions set out by the venue, and any other legally governed restrictions. Members in breach may be ejected by the operator or the Committee at their discretion.

Damage to the premises will be billed to the member in question, including damage to walls. Do not put your feet on the walls.

As the convention site is shared with non-Continuum attendees, please be respectful of other guests staying at the venue, and act responsibly, as you will be liable for costs if you cause damage or make a mess. Enjoy yourself, have fun – but don’t get ridiculous.

Continuum supports the responsible service and consumption of alcohol and requests that members follow the relevant licensing conditions.

Complaints and Breaches

If a member engages in behaviour deemed inappropriate, the Committee may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a Committee member immediately. We have the cool green badges!

Committee members (and easily identifiable volunteers, in their absence) will be happy to help members contact venue security, provide escorts, intervene as appropriate, or otherwise assist in creating a positive space for the duration of the con. We value your attendance and want to make Continuum a safe space for all.

All reports of harassment or inappropriate behaviour will be treated in confidence, and actions will only take place after consultation with the complainant.

Maskobalo rules:

Your costume must not be made or trimmed with any messy substances as these can damage other entrants’ costumes. Who believes in an Evil Overlord covered in sparkles from when he stood next to Queen Titania? You may not use anything wet, oily, or dusty such as wet paint, powder or unfixed sparkle. The same goes for poorly-set or sticky colouring and sharp, pointy or rough finishes that may become snagged.

No live animals will be allowed in the Maskobalo. This includes snakes, lizards, cats, dogs, rats, ferrets, spiders, dinosaurs, birds, butterflies, etc. For our purposes, guide dogs and other animals trained to assist a disabled person are considered to be people and will be allowed.