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New tools for a good night out

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Make your event or venue safe and inclusive for everyone using our new gender safety and audit tools.

These checklists and guides help facility managers and event organisers address safety and security risks, and consider the needs of all people, particularly women and girls.

We have also funded a pilot of the Good Night Out program at venues including The Toff in Town and 170 Russell to help them prevent and manage sexual harassment and assault.

Taryn Walton, Live Music and Events Manager at 170 Russell, said the training empowered staff with the skills to respond to incidents of this kind.

‘My vision is for live music venues and clubs in Melbourne to one day be free from sexual harassment and assault and, with programs like this in place, we are well on the way to making this happen,’ Taryn said.

‘We hope people will feel more comfortable reporting incidents to staff, knowing we will deal with it in a compassionate and discreet manner.

‘Over time, offenders will know that our venue does not tolerate this kind of behaviour and that we offer a safe place for patrons to come and enjoy. It is so important for venues to be proactive in this area.’

Gender equality and the prevention of violence against women and children is a priority of our Council Plan. To find out more and access the new gender safety tools, visit Gender equality.

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