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Regional Arts Australia and Country Arts SA are committed to values such as environmental sustainability, accessibility and engagement with the traditional owners of the land on which the conference is held.
The following policies have been developed to ensure that Kumwuki / Big Wave adheres to and advances these values.
The earth’s environment is under severe stress from uncontrolled human activity, threatening the survival of our society. The Regional Arts Australia National Conference thus accepts that it must as part of its core activities work to preserve the environmental sustainability of the planet, at all levels of its operations – in its own practice, as a participant in a community of practice, and as a participant in the Australian social discourse.
The Regional Arts Australia National Conference aspires to minimise its impact on our environment and maximise the effective use of resources. We strive to achieve this by increasing communication and awareness of our efforts in accordance with this policy and fostering responsible environmental behaviour amongst staff, volunteers, presenters, artist, delegates, suppliers and users at all levels.
The Regional Arts Australia National Conference is committed to minimising the environmental impact of the conference on the local, national and global community.
Offsetting carbon emissions is part of Kumuwuki / Big Wave's commitment to environmental sustainability. As part of this commitment, a $5.63 carbon offset will be added to each registration.
Delegates' contribution to offsetting will help Kumuwuki / Big Wave to offset the emissions associated with the conference, calculated to be a total of 211.6 tonnes of Co2e.
Kumuwuki / Big Wave has entered into an agreement with Climate Friendly to support two projects:
The Kumuwuki / Big Wave Environmental Policy provides a framework to bring together the different accountabilities involved in different areas of environmental responsibility, and to clarify the content of these responsibilities in each area. It aims to integrate a philosophy of sustainable development into all the conference’s activities and to establish and promote sound environmental practice in our operations.
There are around four million people with disability in Australia representing a considerable proportion of people involved in the arts in regional Australia.
The cultural choices and experiences of people with disability can also influence the choices of their colleagues, family and friends.
Everyone benefits when access is better, including other delegates, presenters and artists, people making deliveries, people with heavy baggage, people for whom English is a second language and many older people.
The Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) provides protection for everyone in Australia against discrimination based on disability. Under the law, the Regional Arts Australia National Conference has a legal responsibility to prevent discrimination against people with disability and to make reasonable adjustments to make the event inclusive and accessible. Complaints of discrimination could result in costly court proceedings and rulings.
The Regional Arts Australia National Conference is committed to staging an event that is accessible to people regardless of their access requirements, including physical, sensory and intellectual access.
The Accessibility Policy and action plan have been developed with guidance from Kate Larsen from Arts Access Australia and Gaelle Mellis from the Disability & Arts Transition Team at Community Arts Network SA (CANSA). The Disability & Arts Transition Team (DATT) is a disability-led project committed to increasing access to arts, creativity, equality, diversity and inclusion for Deaf and disabled people to participate in arts and culture.
This Accessibility Policy is intended to provide a framework to bring together the different accountabilities involved in different areas of responsibility associated with accessibility, and to clarify the content of these responsibilities in each area. It provides a basis for removing barriers which may limit the participation of people with disability in the 2012 Regional Arts Australia National Conference. It aims to integrate a philosophy of accessibility into all the conference’s activities and to establish and promote sound accessibility practice in our operations.
This policy uses the Social Model of Disability. In this context, disability is the loss or limitation of opportunities to take part in the mainstream of the community on an equal level with others due to physical and social barriers. It has little to do with the individual’s condition or impairment.
This means the term ‘disability’ is used to refer to barriers, rather than medical conditions or impairments. The Social Model looks at society instead of individuals, and gives us all power over things we can change.
The conference has an inclusive approach to disability. When we say we work with ‘people with disability’ we mean anyone with sensory or physical impairments, hidden impairments, learning disabilities or mental health conditions.
The DDA also protects people who have some form of personal connection with a person with a disability like relatives, friends, carers and co-workers if they are discriminated against because of that connection or relationship.
To meet our accessibility commitment, the RAANC will address the following:
The Regional Arts Australia National Conference is committed to staging an event that is culturally inclusive and one that confers with and acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which the conference is held.
In developing the conference programs Regional Arts Australia encourages planners and directors to work with caring for country strategies that involve cultural engagement and cultural maintenance.
Regional Arts Australia encourages that the cultural knowledge is passed from conference to conference so that we may learn together through the respect of cultural heritage.
This Cultural Engagement Policy is concerned with providing a formal recognition, respect and appreciation of ‘difference’ or of ‘both ways’. In this way, the policy can provide a formal basis for collaborative and respectful organisational relationships.
This document describes how the 2012 Regional Arts Australia National Conference is working with members of the Ngarrindjeri Nation.
The 2012 RAANC will consult with Ngarrindjeri Elders and local Ngarrinderi people and artists collectively called the Indigenous Reference Group. There will be no less than four official consultation sessions held in the months prior to the conference dates regarding Indigenous elements of the conference.
These will include:
Two nominated Elders of the Ngarrinderi Nation – Eileen McHughes and Phyliss Williams - are members of the National Executive Committee.
The meet our cultural engagement commitment, the RAANC will address the following objectives:
Recognise and practice the protocols identified in the five art form specific Australia Council for the Arts Indigenous protocols guidelines booklets.
Hold consultations with members of the Ngarrindjeri and Ramindjeri community at key points to seek input and advice on Indigenous aspects of the conference.
Utilise the funds from the Regional Arts Fund Strategic Initiatives Project for Indigenous engagement in the conference to cover costs of consultation, including travel, accommodation and meals for participants, venue hire and consultancy fees
Nominate a member of the conference team to be the primary contact person regarding accessibility for conference delegates, presenters, volunteers and artists.
Conduct an evaluation of its success in achieving targets for Indigenous engagement and provide recommendations for future Regional Arts Australia national conferences.