Membership of Hunter Writers Centre is at the discretion of the Board or, by delegation, the staff.

This page presents our Board, staff, Strategic Plan, Our Constitution, and our Cultural Protocols

Membership requires you to endorse Hunter Writers Centre’s purpose: to educate, engage and employ writers of Australia.

In addition, members are required to comply with the following Terms and Conditions

Membership is conditional on the member:

  • Demonstrating respect and courtesy to staff, Board members, and contractors of the organisation, such as tutors, judges, mentors
  • Complying with any reasonable instructions given by staff, Board members, or contracted service providers
  • Demonstrating respect and courtesy to other members of the organisation, any HWC facilities or services
  • Ensuring the member’s actions do not cause disruption to the organisation’s programs or other users of any facilities or services
  • Ensuring the member’s actions do not put at risk the safety of staff, contracted service providers or other users of any facilities and services
  • Ensuring the member’s actions do not cause damage to the organisation’s premises or contents
  • Ensuring the member’s actions do not harm the operations or reputation of the organisation
  • Only participating in activities for which they register (via a booking system or at-the-door) and which any applicable fees have been paid
  • Paying membership fees and any other amounts owing to the organisation by the designated due date (see details below ‘Membership in detail’)

Refund Policy

When booking our activities, please choose carefully. Refunds on workshop/course fees are only possible 14 or more days before an event. If Hunter Writers Centre cancels a workshop/course for which any applicable fees have been paid, you may choose to receive a credit or refund.

Advertised Dates and Times

Advertised dates and times, tutors/speakers may change or be cancelled without warning. All reasonable attempts will be made to contact you via email and telephone. We advise that you check your email inbox the day before any event.

Code of Ethics / Behavioural Standards

HWC reserves the right to refuse entry to our programs to anyone who is:

  • violent, intoxicated, threatening, quarrelsome or disruptive
  • not holding a valid entry
  • carrying items which have the potential to cause injury or nuisance
  • possess or appear to be affected by a prohibited drug

The HWC Board has adopted a Code of Ethics part of which includes expectations of our members

HWC Members:

  • Shall observe the provisions of the NSW Fair Trading Model Constitution, policies, and rules of the association;
  • Shall treat the other members of the organisation, and the staff of the organisation, and the office-bearers of the organisation, and the patrons of the organisation, with respect;
  • Shall not so act as to bring the organisation or its mission into disrepute

Membership in detail:

  • Your Membership is personal to you. You are responsible for ensuring that no one uses your Membership or associated passwords. Access to and use of the Members section of Hunter Writers Centre website is through a combination of user name and password and is reserved exclusively for Members. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your user name and password
  • We manage any private information in line with Australian Government regulations on privacy (see www.privacy.gov.au for details).
  • We will never sell, share or otherwise distribute your personal information to any third party, except where it is necessary to deliver the products or services you have requested.
  • Your Membership fee is non refundable. However, Hunter Writers Centre may, at its sole discretion, elect to refund your Membership fee in whole or in part depending on the circumstances relating to the cancellation of any Membership.
  • Membership fees are due on acceptance of your Membership application and annually thereafter (“Renewal Date”). Members can opt out at any time from renewal. Membership fees are payable 12 months from the date you join and are renewed automatically unless the Member opts out.

Freedom of Creative Expression

HWC recognises, respects, promotes and celebrates the value of cultural diversity and will adopt and implement strategies which advance cultural diversity as a positive force in the community. The Australian Constitution does not expressly protect the freedom of expression and there are limitations that can inhibit creative freedom in some situations including defamation, anti-vilification, classification and censorship laws and the treason and urging violence offences. HWC recognises this and expects its members to be aware of and consider the limitations when opting to include or exclude certain expression in their artistic work. We take the Arts Law Centre of Australia’s Freedom of Expression Fact Sheet as our guide. Read more

 

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