Support Act welcomes today’s announcement from the Hon Tony Burke MP, Minister for the Arts, naming the council members of the newly formed Centre for Creative Workplaces.

The appointments are: 

  • Kate Jenkins AO – former Sex Discrimination Commissioner (Chairperson)
  • Tina Lavranos – Executive Director at DarkLab
  • Michel Hryce – Director of People and Culture at Michael Cassel Group
  • Bony Ayres – writer, director and producer
  • Ruth Hazleton – singer, musician and songwriter
  • Fiona Donovan – production designer
  • Bjorn Stewart – actor, writer and director, a Kuku Yalanji/Wemba Wemba man

The charity extends its sincere congratulations to all the appointees and wishes them every success in their important new roles providing advice to the Board of Creative Australia.

“We very much look forward to working with the council members and their executive to help ensure that Australian workplaces are fair, safe and respectful for music and arts workers,” says Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act.

“Not only will Support Act receive financial support through the Centre, but we have played a leadership role over the past five years promoting mental health and wellbeing awareness, psychological safety and positive cultural and behaviour change through our comprehensive program of industry specific, and evidence based, services and resources.  

“These include our Minimum Standards for a Mentally Healthy Music Industry and our new Mentally Healthy Workplaces Program, which brings together key education and training programs including Mental Health First Aid training, Access All Areas Active Bystander Training, Suicide Prevention Training, First Nations Diversity Equity and Inclusion training, resources to support Respect At Work compliance, the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, culturally intelligent First Nations programming and much more.”

Miller noted that Support Act’s programs currently support 8 of the 17 recommendations of last year’s Raising Their Voices report into systemic harassment, bullying and sexual misconduct in the music industry; and that its programs are utilised by small, medium and large businesses and individuals across all segments including labels, collection, management, production, promoters and venues.