Code of conduct

This page was last updated on 1 July 2020 

AIEC is dedicated to providing a safe, friendly, enjoyable and harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, nationality, race, age or religion. 

We do not tolerate harassment of or offensive behaviour towards conference participants in any form. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, offensive comments and photography or recording of an individual without consent.  

We expect participants to abide by the code of conduct at all conference activities, including online and virtual events, related social events, online communications such as emails, social media and app communications and participation.

Dos and dont's

We ask that you:

  • be kind, considerate and respectful to others 
  • behave professionally 
  • be mindful that all communication be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds 
  • if it is safe to do so, we encourage you to request that the person stop the unwelcome or harassing behaviour. Participants who are asked to stop any such behaviour are expected to comply immediately. 

We ask that you: 

  • do not take part in offensive behaviour or harassment, including sexist, racist or exclusionary comments or jokes 
  • do not use sexual or sexist language and imagery 
  • do not solicit business whether as an exhibitor or non-exhibitor, in session rooms, public areas, exhibition hall open spaces or in another exhibitor's booth 
  • do not use the conference app to spam delegates through inappropriate inbox messaging or in the 'session comments' section 
  • do not use or possess illegal substances or weapons. 

Reporting an incident

At a physical event: 

If, while at AIEC, you have been involved in or have witnessed an incident that violates the Code of Conduct, you may report the incident directly to the Registration Desk. 

If you are at an AIEC official social event, you may speak to the conference organisers or security. 

If the matter is urgent and the Registration Desk is closed, you contact the conference manager at josephine.williams@idp.com or on +61 409 829 601. 

At an online/virtual event: 

If, you have witnessed an incident online (for example, at an online event or social media) that violates the Code of Conduct, you may report the incident directly to the conference manager at josephine.williams@idp.com or on +61 409 829 601. 

Investigating an incident

IDP Education is committed to investigating all incidents reported at an event with discretion and confidentiality, all parties will be treated fairly and reasonably. Conference participants found to violate these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund and/or banned from attending future events. The behaviour may also be reported to their employer and relevant authorities. 

This code of conduct is a live document and subject to ongoing amendment. Your feedback is welcome.