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Safe Equal Respected

Launceston, Tasmania

Safe Equal Respected
Family Violence Conference

13-15 June 2023

Safe Equal Respected
Sexual Harassment Conference

16 June 2023

About the Conference

An initiative of Women’s Legal Service Tasmania, the Safe Equal Respected Conference will be held over four days between 13-16 June 2023 at the Launceston Conference Centre, bringing together a diverse group of people including academics, professionals and survivor advocates. 

As a collective, it is an opportunity for the sector to drive change and continually improve how Tasmania addresses family violence with the experience of victim/survivors at the centre, through learning, sharing and collaborating. This event is supported by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Launceston City Council 




13-15 JUNE 2023

The first three days of the conference, Tuesday 13 through to Thursday 15 June, will focus on local, national and international presenters sharing perspectives, research, practices and programs aiming to improve the safety of women and children.

The aim of the conference is to educate, inform and build connections, bringing together sectors whose work is connected to family violence. The conference aims to provide a forum to hold conversations about the opportunities and challenges for addressing family and sexual violence and promote interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation to ensure Tasmanians are Safe Equal and Respected and that our homes, families and communities are free from all forms of family and sexual violence.

This conference includes keynotes, breakout sessions and panel discussions which highlight a range of topics. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to learn about approaches, practices and research related to Family and Sexual Violence responses from a broad range of perspectives including policing, education, child and youth work, lived experience, therapeutic practice, legal, academia & community service. Many of which are working towards achieving the vision of  Tasmania’s Third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan 2022-2027.




16 JUNE 2023

Day four, Friday 16 June, will have a specific focus on sexual harassment and gendered violence in the workplace.

The aim of this day is to change the narrative on sexual harassment and gendered violence in the workplace and beyond. Sexual harassment continues to be a pervasive problem predominately  impacting on the lives of women. Have you heard people say ‘She asked for it’? She made it up? Don’t say anything, you might lose your job? There is a continued need for awareness raising, conversation and action to address the ongoing barriers and challenges women experience reporting sexual harassment in the workplace.

Leading change to address the ongoing barriers women experience and eliminating sexual harassment and gendered violence involves fostering transparency, accountability, integrity, equality and justice. The keynotes and panel discussion will consider the ways in which this can be achieved and consider the legal and other options women have access to.



Women’s Legal Service Tasmania has coordinated this conference alongside our sector partners including the Department for Education, Children and Young People, Laurel House, Yemaya Women’s Support Service, Tasmania Police, and the Family Violence Counselling and Support Service

The conference is supported by the Department of Premier and Cabinet through the National Partnership on Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Responses 2021-23, an initiative which provided Women’s Legal Service Tasmania an opportunity to deliver family violence training to the legal and community sector.  


Registration Information

Once you have purchased your ticket via Humantix you will receive the ticket(s) in your order confirmation email. When you arrive please present the QR code on your ticket (on phone or printed) and this will be scanned by one of our volunteers.

The Program schedules are available on the conference website. Limited printed schedules and optional name labels will be available at the registration table

Networking Event

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Tuesday 13th June 5:00pm
Please Join us for some light Refreshments, Networking & Entertainment
(Event included in 1, 2, 3 & 4 day tickets including the 13th of June or Networking Event sold Separately-see ticketing)

Safe Equal Respected - Family Violence Program

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(this list will be updated as the program continues to be confirmed)
Keynote Speaker
  • David Mandel, Executive Director of The Safe and Together™ Institute (live streamed)
  • Michaela Cronin Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner
Panel Discussion
  • New Story Company and tagari lia Child & Family Learning Centre presenting For a Mother’s Love – the journey of mother’s and grandmothers lived experience of domestic violence

Networking Event

  • Facilitated by Rachel Berger Comedian
Keynote Speakers
  • Cathy Humphreys, Co-Director of the Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence and Professor of Social Work, Melbourne University  
  • Minister Jo Palmer, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence
  • Padma Raman, Chief Executive Officer of ANROWS, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety 
Breakout Sessions
  • Bridie Slattery & Jayla Sainty, SafeBeds Program, RSPCA
  • Thomas Caldwell, Clinical Lead, Family and Sexual Violence Project
  • Judi French, Social Worker, DECYP
  • Dr Angela Dwyer, Associate Professor in Policing and Emergency Management
  • Jen Wiedman, Mental Health Social Worker and Specialist Counselor, Wild Calm Therapies
  • Inspector Michelle Plumpton, Tasmania Police Family Violence Unit
  • Tessa Morrisby, Alison Dugan Red Cross Trish Cameron Womens Legal Service Tasmania
Panel Discussion
  • Men’s Behavioural Change Fred Thoen Relationships Australia
Keynote Speakers
  • Commander Debbie Williams, Tasmania Police Family and Sexual Violence Command
  • Ben Keith, New Zealand Barrister specialising in administration, constitutional, human rights and international law.
  • Gabrielle Marchetti, Principal Lawyer at Jobwatch, exploring the intersection between family violence and employment law.
  • Betty Taylor, CEO Red Rose Foundation
Breakout Sessions
  • Peter Buckler and Toby Stoddart, Colony 47
  • Alina Thomas and Carolyn Self, Engender Equality
  • Dr Tegan Johnson, School Psychologist DECYP
  • Professor Nicole L Asquith, Director, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies
Please note – this conference includes keynotes and break out sessions about violence against women and children and may contain triggering content. Please engage in self care during your attendance. The venue’s foyer area will offer comfortable spaces for breaks.

Keynote Speakers

  • David Mandel

    David Mandel (USA)

    Executive Director, The Safe & Together™ Institute

  • Michaela Cronin

    Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner

  • Padma Ramen

    Padma Raman (NSW)

    Chief Executive Officer, Anrows

  • Ben Keith

    Ben Keith (NZ)

    Barrister Specialising in Human Rights & International law New Zealand

  • Kim Goodes

    Kym Goodes (TAS)

    Host, Leader & Advisor

  • Cathy Humphreys

    Cathy Humphreys (VIC)

    Researcher & Professor of Social Work, University of Melbourne

  • Betty Taylor

    Betty Taylor (QLD)

    Managing Director, Red Rose Foundation

Family & Sexual Violence Program Schedule 13th-16th June

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*This program may be subject to change without prior notice 

Safe Equal Respected - Sexual Harassment Program 16th June

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  • The Honorable Elise Archer, Attorney-General
  • Gabrielle Machetti, Job Watch Principal Solicitor
  • Emma Johnson, Senior Lawyer, Working Women’s Centre South Australia
  • Kate Eastman AM SC, Barrister
  • Tracey Spicer AM, Walkey Award winning Journalist
  • Men in the Conversation: Male leadership changing the workplace and sexual harassment narrative
  • Panelists: Yvette Cehtal CEO WLST, Sarah Bolt Anti Discrimination Commissioner Tasmania, Greg Johannes Director and Principal Gregj23, Andrew Scarlet Alliance Australia Sex Workers Association, Luke Rheinberger, Executive Director Law Society of Tasmania
*This program may be subject to change without prior notice 

Keynote Speakers

  • Kate Eastman AM SC

    Kate Eastman AM SC (NSW)

    Barrister & Expert in Human Rights Law

  • Gabrielle Marchetti

    Gabrielle Marchetti (VIC)

    Principal Lawyer, Jobwatch

  • Tracey Spicer

    Tracey Spicer AM (NSW)

    Newsreader, Walkley Award-winning journalist & social justice advocate

  • Emma Johnson

    Emma Johnson (SA)

    Senior Lawyer, Working Women's Centre South Australia

About the Venue

Launceston Conference Centre, just off Launceston’s main access road, is only minutes from the Launceston CBD, and an 11 minute drive from Launceston Airport. There is free off street parking, undercover parking, all ability access and free Wi-Fi. The keynote sessions will be presented in the main auditorium, with the 12 breakout sessions to be held within the facility in various meeting rooms.

Click here to see the layout of the Launceston Conference Centre.


The Launceston City Council are kind supporters of the Safe Equal Respected Conference. Through the Launceston Visitor Information Centre the Launceston City Council provide a free booking service across a range of accommodation, transport, restaurants, attractions and experiences. If you’re ready to book your next getaway, the Launceston Visitor Information Centre team is ready to point you in the right direction.

Need more information?

Please contact Kristen at KFM Events for any further information regarding the Safe Equal Respected Conference.