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GenreCon is committed to providing a conference free from discrimination, sexual harassment, and bullying. Behavior that constitutes discrimination, sexual harassment, or bullying will not be tolerated and will lead to action being taken, which may include being asked to leave or removal from the conference. GenreCon attendees and guests may report any behavior that constitutes sexual harassment, bullying, or discrimination to GenreCon’s designated Conduct Officer Katie Woods.

GenreCon is an inclusive event, bring together readers and writers across a rich variety of genres and subgenres. We look forward to your contributions making this a positive and respectful exchange of views and insights. Also, note ye well:

Smart Bitch Law #1 (Care of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books): Thou shalt not dis the reading material of another person merely to elevate one’s own.


Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

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

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 and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!


If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Conference staff can be identified by special badges and can always be found at the registration desk. Harassment can also be reported to Katie Woods on 0400 743 055

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of GenreCon 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.


You can make an anonymous report online using the link provided in your con book.

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.


You can make a personal report by:

Calling or messaging this phone number: 0400 743 055. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event.

Contacting a staff member, identified by STAFF badges.

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.


      • Organiser’s email: [email protected]
      • GenreCon Contacts: Peter Ball 0407 575 466; Jackie Ryan 0403 215 400
      • Security, State Library of Queensland: 07 3842 9889
      • South Brisbane Police Station: (07) 3033 4111
      • Taxi: 13 2227


At the request of several attendees, GenreCon is a perfume-free event. Please consider the comfort of others and refrain from using perfume during the GenreCon weekend.









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