Code of Conduct Guidelines

Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Victimisation

IPOS is committed to ensuring its members (staff, students, collaborators and visitors) are not subjected to behaviours, practices or processes that may constitute discrimination, harassment, or victimisation.

This code of conduct intends to provide guidance to IPOS members engaged in activities for, or on behalf of IPOS in their interactions with colleagues, students, collaborators and other stakeholders nationally or internationally.

This code is a set of general principles rather than detailed prescriptions. It stands beside, but does not exclude or replace the rights and responsibilities of members to their employing organisations, under Common Law or any Commonwealth and State legislations.

IPOS will not tolerate any sort of discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Should a member of IPOS be accused of discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation, the IPOS Centre Executive will take immediate appropriate actions as necessary.


Guidelines to Members Responsibilities

All members should be aware all policies on discrimination, harassment and victimisation policies at their employing organisations.

Personal and Professional Conduct

Members of IPOS and any participants at IPOS activities/events should:

  • Refrain from all forms of discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

  • Treat other members and member of the public with dignity, courtesy and respect. 

  • Give due credit to the contributions of others.

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Discrimination is treating, or proposing to treat someone unfavourably because of a personal characteristics which includes a disability, parental status, race, colour, descent, national origin, age, sex, industrial activities, religion, pregnancy, breastfeeding, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political opinion, social origin, medical record, or an association with someone who has or is assumed to have one of these personal characteristics or may have it at some time in the future.

Sexual Harassment is a specific and serious form of harassment. It is unwelcome sexual behaviour, which could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated, or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be physical, spoken or written. It can include:

  • comments about a person’s private life or the way they look 

  • sexually suggestive behaviour, such as leering or staring

  • sexually suggestive comments or jokes

  • displaying offensive screen savers, photos, calendars or objects

  • repeated unwanted requests to go out

  • sexually explicit posts on social networking sites

  • insults or taunts of a sexual nature

  • intrusive questions or statements about a person’s private life

  • sending sexually explicit emails or text messages

  • inappropriate advances on social networking sites

  • behaviour that may also be considered to be an offence under criminal law, such as physical assault,

  • indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking or obscene communications. 

Members of IPOS and any participants at IPOS activities are asked to:

  • Not discriminate anyone in connection with any IPOS activities/events on any personal characteristics.

  • Not engage in any form of sexual harassment.

  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people from different

backgrounds and personal characteristics. Sexual language and imagery in presentations is not appropriate.


Victimisation is subjecting or threatening to subject someone to a detriment because they have asserted their rights under equal opportunity law, made a complaint, helped someone else make a complaint, or refused to do something because it would be discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation.

It is also victimisation to threaten someone (such as a witness) who may be involved in investigating an equal opportunity concern or complaint.

Members of IPOS and any participants at IPOS activities are asked to not be engaged or encourage any forms of victimisation.


Breaches of Code of Conduct

Breaches of this Code of Conduct Guidelines will not be tolerated. Depending on the situation, breaches could result in informal or formal disciplinary proceedings. Any breaches should be reported to a supervisory officer independent of the breach. Any member who wishes to report a violation of this code of conduct is asked to speak, in confidence, to the Director of IPOS.

At any IPOS sponsored or affiliated conferences and workshops, participants will be asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour immediately. Participants may be asked to leave the event.