FurDU Conditions of Entry
We welcome all fans of anthropomorphic content and the furry lifestyle. It’s our aim to ensure attendees are safe, happy, and enjoy the convention. We look forward to welcoming you all and hosting the wide range of activities and events on offer.
In order to achieve this, the following rules are enforced in order to ensure that everyone enjoys themselves safely and with consideration of others comfort and wellbeing. Compliance with these rules is a condition of registration and entry into the convention – failure to do so may result in denied access or revoked registration.
If you are unsure or have any concerns, we warmly encourage you to reach out to a member of FurDU staff for clarification.
Our FurDU website at www.furdu.com.au, and door sales at the convention are the only legitimate methods by which we offer registration and our other products. Those wishing to attend are invited to create an account on our website to then purchase registration from our online store.
Registrations are refundable up to 2 months from the convention date, subject to the deduction of a $50 service and processing fee for Super and Ultra Sponsor tiers and $10 For Sponsor and Standard Tiers.
If you wish to transfer your registration to another attendee, this must be facilitated by us – please collect your ticket information, your details, and the details of the person you’d like to transfer the registration to, and contact us at [email protected].
Transfers are facilitated at the discretion of FurDU, and may not be possible within one month of the convention. If you have ordered a level of registration that includes customised or personalised products, you will not be able to redesign or specify these products for the new attendee.
PLEASE NOTE: We are not responsible for any loss caused by the purchase of tickets from third parties. Please contact us if you wish to verify the status or details of your registration.
Conditions of Entry
FurDU is an 18+ event – attendees must be at least 18 years old by the first day of the convention. You will be required to present legal photographic ID at check-in matching the legal name noted on the registration. Failure to satisfy this requirement will result in refusal of entry.
FurDU reserves the right to refuse admission and access to the convention space, revoke registration, and confiscate registration badges at its sole discretion. Causes for such action to be taken includes, but is not limited to:
- Conduct or behaviour at the convention that is, in the opinion of FurDU management:
- in breach of any part our Conditions of Entry; OR
- inappropriate, unacceptable, or illegal; OR
- likely to adversely interfere with the comfort or wellbeing of other attendees, convention staff or volunteers, hotel staff, or the public; OR
- likely to adversely affect FurDU’s reputation or relationship with any persons or third parties; OR
- Any breach of our Conditions of Entry; OR
- At the sole discretion of FurDU.
Purchasing registration to Furry Down Under, including the purchasing of day passes, does not inherently guarantee that entry into all event spaces at the convention will be possible at all times.
Behaviour and Conduct Policy
FurDU strives to maintain an environment that is safe and enjoyable for all guests. In order to facilitate this, we encourage all attendees to kindly consider how your actions may negatively impact or affect others (including hotel staff and the public), or otherwise reflect poorly upon the convention or furry community.
It is requirement of attendance that attendees behave and conduct themselves in accordance with the above guidelines. We reserve the right to determine whether any alleged behaviour or conduct constitutes a breach of these Conditions of Entry at our discretion.
Examples of Unacceptable Behaviour
Common sense should apply here – this is not an exhaustive list, but some behaviour or conduct that breach our Conditions of Entry include:
- Non-consensual contact (whether sexual in nature or not); OR
- Inappropriate or excessive public displays of affect such as heavy kissing, groping, petting, etc; OR
- Nudity or indecent exposure; OR
- Sexual acts of a public or inappropriate nature; OR
- Sleeping or trespassing in the convention space or hotel common spaces (such as the lobby or restaurant); OR
- Throwing or causing items to fall from hotel balconies; OR
- Intentionally causing damage to convention, hotel, or other private or public property; OR
- Behaving in an aggressive, violent, disruptive, or belligerent manner; OR
- Seeking to cause unacceptable discontent or offence against other persons.
If FurDU becomes aware of alleged illegal activity during the convention, hotel staff and the police will be notified.
Bullying and Harassment
Bullying or harassment of any kind, including aggressive, violent, disruptive, or belligerent behaviour, verbal, physical, or sexual assault or battery, unwelcome sexual advances, or abuse, or any other similar behaviours.
- Costume is NOT consent!
- “No” means No.
- “Stop” means Stop.
- “Go away” means Go Away.
Harassment does not require you to intended to cause offence. If an individual reasonably feels they are being harassed, then the responsible behaviour needs to cease. All attendees have the right to enjoy their convention experience without such issues. Continued bullying or harassment may constitute a breach of our Conditions of Service.
If you feel that you are being bullied or harassed, please advise FurDU staff immediately and it will be referred to security personnel or the authorities as appropriate. Making allegations falsely or misleadingly is harassment in itself, and will be treated accordingly.
Any act of vandalism or deliberate damage to convention or hotel property, or interference with any hotel or Convention Centre staff or guests may constitute a breach of our Conditions of Entry. Please do not affix or attach anything (including posters and signs) to hotel walls or ceilings, including in the hotel rooms, elevators, or in the convention space. This includes door signs – the hotel has advised that any door signs will be removed and inspected for damage. A fun, simple, and acceptable alternative is to make a door hanger (i.e. similar to a “do not disturb” sign!)
PLEASE NOTE: In booking your accommodation with a hotel, the person in whose name the room is booked is solely responsible for the condition of the room and the conduct of all individuals (sleeping or visiting). Excessive trash, soiling, or other such damage, or any circumstance that may present a hazard to hotel housekeeping staff may constitute a breach of our Conditions of Entry.
During periods of peak foot-traffic (such as before and after the fursuit walk), elevator access may be moderated by FurDU or hotel staff. We kindly ask that you abide by the queuing system and follow instructions. Priority will be given to those with medical distress, members of the public, those with impaired mobility, fursuiters (with one handler), and then general convention attendees (in that order).
Your convention badge is your passport to all FurDU events and activities, and identifies you as a registered guest. As such, please be prepared to present your badge upon entering convention spaces or events. We suggest that all attendees (particularly fursuiters) display their badge prominently to avoid delay or inconvenience. Failure to provide this identification may lead to refusal of entry. If you lose your badge, please contact staff, who will verify your registration and rectify the situation.
Convention badges are issued in the name of its registration, and are only valid for use by this person. Any attempt to enter the convention space illegitimately (such as through use of a shared or fraudulent convention badge) constitutes a breach of our Conditions of Entry, and will result in immediate removal from the venue, and the termination of the registration.
Again, common sense should apply here! Guests must wear at least a shirt, shorts, and shoes in public areas such as the hotel lobby, restaurants, and convention spaces – swimwear is acceptable when utilising appropriate hotel facilities such as pools, spas, saunas, etc.
- Guests may not wear overly revealing or inappropriate clothing– such as fetish-related garb and accoutrements. Pup hoods and other petplay masks are allowed, but must only be worn in conjunction with your regular clothing, or as part of an appropriate costume.
- Collars, leashes, harnesses etc. are allowed, but again must be worn alongside appropriate clothing.
- Leashes may not be held / tugged / used to lead another attendee at any time, this is a safety hazard and is not permitted in any circumstance.
- You are not permitted to wear only underwear and / or revealing clothing anywhere in con space, you WILL be asked to leave and may have your attendance revoked.
- Fursuits and other such costumes are acceptable, provided they are not excessively revealing or sexualised in nature. Fursuits are not permitted in the pool, or in the hotel restaurant due to safety concerns. Swimwear is only acceptable for around the pools and other similar areas.
Personal Disagreements and Allegations
PLEASE NOTE: FurDU is not responsible for resolving personal conflicts or disagreements between attendees, nor for moderating or policing the actions of attendees outside of the convention unless they constitute a breach of our Conditions of Entry.
We are not the police, nor a court of competent jurisdiction – accordingly it is unlikely to be appropriate for FurDU to take action (such as revoking a registration) in response to allegations, conduct, or events that do not constitute a breach of our Conditions of Entry. Any such disagreements or matters should be resolved through the appropriate channels.
Hate Speech and Symbolism
Speech or symbolic imagery in any form that promotes or encourages discrimination, harassment, or violence based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, or nationality is strictly prohibited.
Weapons and Dangerous Goods
To maintain the safety and wellbeing of the convention and those who attend, FurDU maintains a strict weapons and dangerous goods policy.
Weapons (including replicas, props, or any item that may reasonably be mistaken for a weapon) and Dangerous Goods are not to be brought into the convention space at any time. If you wish to use a prop or item for a costume that would otherwise be non-permissible by this policy, approval must be sought in writing from FurDU management. If approval is granted, the item may only be used as permitted in the approval, and must not be used or carried in such a way as to be considered threatening. FurDU management reserves the right to revoke approval at any time.
Due to potential property damage, items such as water or foam guns, silly string, etc. are prohibited in all hotel and convention spaces.
FurDU reserves the right inspect the contents of any bag brought into the convention space to ensure compliance with this policy.
There has been increased interest in Drones and flying them at cons, and they no doubt provide for some excellent opportunities for photography and film footage.
However, the operators of drone aircraft are required (and strongly recommended) to familiarise themselves with the laws and regulations that govern their operation – particularly in such a crowed and high-density area. The following is some general guidance regarding the most important rules for flying a Drone in Australia. This does cover all the requirements and does not constitute legal advice.
- You must not fly your drone higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level.
- You must keep your drone at least 30 metres away from other people.
- You must only fly one drone at a time.
- You must keep your drone within visual line-of-sight. This means always being able to see the drone with your own eyes (rather than through a device, screen or goggles).
- You must not fly over or above people or in a populous area. This could include beaches, parks, events, or sport ovals where there is a game in progress.
- Respect personal privacy. Don’t record or photograph people without their consent – this may breach other laws.
- If your drone weighs more than 250 grams, you must fly at least 5.5 kilometres away from a controlled airport, which generally have a control tower at them. Use a drone safety app to find out where you can and can’t fly.
- Remember, you must not operate your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property.
- You must only fly during the day and you must not fly through cloud or fog.
- You must not fly your drone over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway. This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire or firefighting efforts, or search and rescue.
- If you’re near a helicopter landing site or smaller aerodrome without a control tower, you can fly your drone within 5.5 kilometres. If you become aware of manned aircraft nearby, you must manoeuvre away and land your drone as quickly and safely as possible.
In addition to following these rules, you can download the ‘Can I fly there?’ drone safety app. This official CASA app is an excellent tool for determining where you can and cannot fly a drone in Australia for those flying their drone recreationally or commercially.
For more information on Australia’s drone laws, see this page on the CASA website.
Usage at the Hotel
In addition to these requirements, Drones are not permitted to fly inside the hotel or convention space without the written permission of both hotel and FurDU management.
Alcohol and Substances
FurDU promotes the sensible and safe consumption of alcohol. Unreasonably or dangerously intoxicated individuals may be asked to leave the convention space by staff or security until they present themselves in a condition of more reasonable constitution. The hotel common areas, including the convention space, are licensed. Therefore, no BYO alcohol is permitted in these areas.
The possession, use, or sale of controlled or illicit substances is strictly prohibited, and is both illegal and in breach of our Conditions of Entry. Attendees in breach, or alleged to be in breach of these will be reported to hotel security and the authorities.
Please be considerate of others when smoking. Smoking (including with Electronic Cigarettes such as “vapes”) is prohibited in all hotel and convention areas unless otherwise signed. This includes the hotel rooms as communicated by the hotel.
QLD Law states From 1 September 2016, the no-smoking area at non-residential building entrances extends from 4 to 5 metres. This includes entrances to government buildings, commercial buildings, shopping centres, banks and other non-residential buildings. The smoking ban includes the use of all smoking products, including electronic cigarettes.
If you want to support the convention, we encourage you to become a sponsor!
Sponsorship is an easy way to make a voluntary extra donation. Sponsors get a few extra privileges, such as:
- Honourable mentions in the con book;
- Free T-Shirt;
- Other extras!
Super sponsors will be rewarded with the sponsor rewards, as well as:
- Reserved seats for popular stage events;
- Access to exclusive super sponsor-only events.
Media and Journalists
All journalists, media photographers, and any other members of the press are required to display an official FurDU Media Badge or be accompanied by a FurDU staff member at all times while in convention space. Members of the press who have not been issued a Press Badge may not conduct interviews or take photographs, audio or video footage within or of the convention space without an escort.
If members of the media are present, attendees are asked to act responsibly. Media representatives who do not have Press Badges and are not escorted by a FurDU staff member should be reported to FurDU security or staff immediately.
We recommend that you do not speak to any unbadged and unescorted members of the press!
Please note that FurDU reserves the right to use footage collected by staff, volunteers, convention attendees, or the public for promotional, marketing, or advertising purposes; as a condition of registration.
FurDU members should be aware that audio, imagery, and video recordings are frequently made in convention space, and that they may appear in those recordings. Individual members agree to assign without compensation the use of all content (such as audio, imagery, and video recordings) of their likeness, including such content of fursuits and any dealer’s den goods to FurDU for the purpose of use as promotional material (such as the highlights videos and on social media).
Photographers should use common courtesy by asking beforehand. Please respect the rights of anyone who does not wish to be on camera.
However, please consider that photography is common at such a convention, and as such should be expected in all public areas, including external events hosted by the convention or third parties. If photography is underway, and you do not wish to be involved, please ensure you are not in shot.
Branding and Intellectual Property
The name “FurDU” and the FurDU logo are registered trademarks of Furry Down Under Inc., and must not be used in any fashion that disparages or dilutes that mark. Those using this property (including registration holders, third parties, and media organisations) agree to remove from circulation or publication any image or recording upon the written request of Furry Down Under Inc. FurDU will make such a request at its sole discretion, such as (but not limited to) when it feels the content misrepresents or defames its trademark.
Animals & Pet Policy
Pets are not permitted in convention space. Service dogs (as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) in Section 9) are permitted in all convention space accessible to members provided that they are under appropriate control. Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Animals are NOT considered service dogs by the DDA, and are not permitted in convention space.
For the avoidance of ambiguity or confusion, unless otherwise specified:
Any reference to “FurDU” or “we/our” refers to the furry event “Furry Down Under”, and to its operator “Furry Down Under Inc.” – ARBN 608 873 703; ABN 31 608 873 703.
Any reference to “you/your” refers to any attendee, registration holder, or noted third party as per these Conditions of Entry.
By registering to attend FurDU, or entering the FurDU convention space, all persons agree to indemnify and hold harmless Furry Down Under Inc., its’ staff, volunteers, agents, representatives and all other employees for any personal injury, damage, or loss arising from any registration for or attendance at the FurDU convention under any circumstances unless otherwise required by law.
Amendment of Conditions of Entry
FurDU reserves the right to amend these Conditions of Entry at any time without prior or posted notice.
Unenforceability or invalidity of one or more parts of these Conditions of Entry shall not have an effect on any other part of these Conditions of Entry. If it is possible, any unenforceable or invalid clause of these Conditions of Entry shall be modified to reflect the original intention of the parties as demonstrable through prior communication.
Privacy and Direct Marketing
Personal information about you is protected under the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000. Disclosure of such information may be compelled by law under certain circumstances. You authorise us to collect information about you and to disclose that information to others if required by law, or as required to provide our services to you.
You consent to our use of your information to provide our services to you and to provide updates and other information that we think may be of interest to you by telephone, email, direct mail, or other channels. You may ask us not to send direct marketing materials by advising us in writing.