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Useful Information – Code of Conduct Policies


Media Code of Conduct

Policy Description

Accredited Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Media ("Media") will be required to comply with the Media Code of Conduct as a condition of their accreditation. Without limiting the terms and conditions of accreditation, the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation may withdraw a media accreditation in the event that any media breaches this Media Code of Conduct.

Media Obligations

As well as the News Access Rules and the general Terms and Conditions of Accreditation applicable for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne 2006) by which Media are bound, this Code of Conduct has been developed and is also binding on Media. In the event of any breach, Accreditation may be suspended, withdrawn, revoked and/or cancelled forthwith.

1. All Accredited Media are obligated to comply with the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation News Access Rules. Any transgressor is liable to have their Accreditation immediately suspended, withdrawn, revoked and/or cancelled.

2. As part of the Accreditation application Media are required to comply with the terms and conditions of accreditation and any undertakings relating to accreditation signed by them.

3. In order to enter a Melbourne 2006 venue, Media need a valid accreditation pass which must be worn and visible at all times, at all competition and non competition venues.

4. In certain circumstances Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation may place an embargo on information. Media must adhere to any embargo set.

5. Where Prime Event Limitation (PEL) is in operation, a ticket must be held in conjunction with the accreditation pass to gain access to a venue. If entitled, the ticket must be collected by the Media representative before each competition and must be displayed prominently with the accreditation pass.

6. Media are expected to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner at all times.

Accredited Media must comply with all requests of the Venue Media Manager and any Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation official personnel.

Photographers Code of Conduct

Policy Description

Accredited Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Photographers (Photographers) are required to comply with the Photographers Code of Conduct as a condition of their accreditation. Without limiting the terms and conditions of accreditation, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation may withdraw a Photographers accreditation in the event that any Photographer breaches this Photographers Code of Conduct.

Photographers Obligations

Photographers will operate on the field of play during competition and in other areas designated by Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation, which makes their work, behaviour and dress subject to public scrutiny. Therefore, as well as the News Access Rules and the general Terms and Conditions of Accreditation applicable for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne 2006) by which Photographers are bound, this Code of Conduct has been developed and is also binding on Photographers. In the event of any breach, accreditation may be suspended, withdrawn, revoked and/or cancelled forthwith.

1. Two categories of Accredited Photographers will operate in photo positions within the field of play, and will be distinguishable by the colour of their bibs:
a. non pool photographers; and
b. pool photographers

2. In order to enter a Melbourne 2006 venue, Photographers need a valid accreditation pass. In addition to the accreditation pass, a bib is required to be worn when working in the competition venues, including the seating bowl and field of play photo positions. The bibs must be worn on the outside of clothing and must be clearly visible at all times. The bibs are Melbourne 2006 specific and identified by the number, the wearer and his/her organisation.

3. Where Prime Event Limitation (PEL) is in operation, a ticket must be held in conjunction with the accreditation pass and bib for a Photographer to gain access to a venue. If entitled, the ticket must be collected by the photographer before each competition and must be displayed prominently in the designated pocket of the bib, with the accreditation pass.

4. The Venue Photo Manager/Supervisor managers the access of Photographers to the pool positions. A briefing will take place 60 minutes prior to competition, where all Venue specific details are discussed. Some pool positions are of an inherently dangerous nature therefore all Photographers wishing to access these positions must comply with the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation’s legal requirements.

a. A photographer wishing to access any of these designated positions during the Commonwealth Games must sign an Acknowledgement Form which outlines the terms and conditions of access. Signing this form, the photographer accepts and assumes the inherent risk of injury or death. The Photographer must also provide evidence in the form of a letter written in English, from the Photographers or Agencys insurer or insurance broker confirming that they have, or are covered by, public liability insurance covering his or her actions of AU$10 million per claim, during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. The photographer will also have to produce evidence of personal accident insurance and/or workers compensation cover. Both these insurance policies should include accessing catwalks, gantries or lighting towers and riding as a pillion passenger on a motorbike or the rear of a flatbed truck.

b. Certain venues require photographers to complete their venue specific training on harness use. In the event that this training has not been completed or a position is deemed unsafe due to high wind etc, then the Venue Photo Manager/Supervisor reserves the right to deny access.

5. Photographers shall not carry or wear any commercial, political, promotional, advertorial slogans, trademarks, banners and logos on their equipment within the field of play photo positions, at Training Venues or other areas designated by Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation. The only branded piece of clothing allowed on the field of play will be any Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation bib or armband.

6. Photographers are restricted to the designated photo positions on the field of play and movement to and from these areas. Any transgressor is liable to have their accreditation immediately suspended, withdrawn, revoked and/or cancelled.

7. Photographers must remain behind TV cameras at all times. Obstruction of TV cameras may result in the suspension, withdrawal, revocation and/or cancellation of accreditation.

8. All Photographers must operate behind the advertising boards at all venues. Obstructing advertising boards is strictly prohibited and may result in the suspension, withdrawal, revocation and/or cancellation of accreditation.

9. Photographers must remain in the designated area during medal ceremonies and not obstruct the TV cameras. Obstruction of TV cameras may result in the suspension, withdrawal, revocation and/or cancellation of accreditation.

Accredited Photographers must comply with all requests of the Venue Photo Manager / Supervisor, the Venue Media Manager and any Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation official personnel.
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