Introduction

FurDU would like to invite and welcome all fans of anthropomorphic art, the lifestyle and associated topics of interest. It is FurDUs’ aim to provide attendees with a safe and fun filled environment. In order to ensure that everyone enjoys themselves, and gets the most out of the convention, please abide by the below guidelines.

These are not intended to “kill the fun”, but rather, to encourage you to have fun safely in a manner considerate of others. We seek only to ensure that the behavior of any one small group does not disturb the convention, or associated events as a whole, nor detract from the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. We hope that each attendee enjoys the wide range of activities and events on offer, but please consider how your actions reflect on the convention and how this may impact or affect others.

Legal

By registering to attend FurDU, all guests agree to indemnify and hold harmless FurDU, its’ staff, volunteers, agents, representatives and all other employees from any claim for personal injuries or other damages arising out of any participation in FurDU events, activities, or attendance to the convention itself under any circumstances, unless otherwise required by applicable law. Management reserves the right to deny or revoke the registration and entry of any individual at any time at its’ discretion. FurDU also reserves the right to amend these rules at any time without prior or posted notice.

Behaviour

FurDU strives to maintain an environment that is safe and enjoyable for all guests of all ages; we cannot, however, take responsibility for the actions of any individual guest.

The following general rule supersedes all others listed below and may be invoked at any time:

Any action or behaviour that causes interference with convention operations, discomfort to other guests, or adversely affects FurDUs’ relationship with its’ guests, its’ venues or the general public is strictly forbidden, and may result in confiscation of convention badge and immediate removal from the convention area and hotel, as well as suspension of attendance for subsequent years.

Behaviour that may violate these conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Groping
  • Heavy kissing/petting
  • Excessive public displays of affection
  • Nudity
  • Sexual acts
  • Sleeping in common space ie the lobby
  • Throwing Items from hotel room or Con space balconies

If FurDU becomes aware of any illegal activities, hotel staff and the proper authorities will be advised.

Hotel Conditions

Any act of vandalism, deliberate or excessive damage to hotel property, or interference with any hotel or Convention Center workers in the performance of their duties will result in permanent revocation of FurDU membership, criminal prosecution, fines, or any combination thereof.

Do not affix anything to the walls of any hotel or Convention Space, to the elevators, to FurDU signage, or to hotel room doors.
ROOM SIGNS ARE NOT PERMITTED AND WILL BE REMOVED!

The person in whose name a room is rented is solely responsible for the conduct of all individuals in the room as well as for the condition of the room. Excessive trash, soiling or other damage to hotel property, or any circumstance that may present a hazard to hotel housekeeping staff may result in permanent loss of FurDU membership privileges.

During peak traffic periods, elevator queuing and access may be controlled by FurDU.  Priority is given to the following (in order):

  1. Non-convention attendees
  2. Those with impaired mobility
  3. Fursuiters (with one handler)

Convention Badges

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. Failure to provide this identification may lead to refusal of entry. If you lose your badge, please advise staff, and we will try to rectify the situation.

Convention badges are issued to the owner of the registration. As such, they are only valid for use by the registered owner. Any attempt to enter the convention space, or otherwise use a convention badge by anyone other than the registered owner will result in immediate removal from the venue, and the termination of the registration. Management reserves the right to ban violators of this condition from future conventions.

Convention badges are the primary method for confirming that an individual is a registered guest. Guests will be required to provide their badge before entering the convention space – no exemptions. Cases of lost badges should be referred to a member of staff. Fursuiters are not exempt from this rule.

Dress Standards

Guests must wear at least a shirt, shorts, and shoes in public areas such as the hotel lobby, restaurants, and convention spaces. Fursuits and other such costumes are acceptable, provided they are not excessively revealing, except for near the pools and in restaurants – due to safety concerns. Swimwear is only acceptable for around the pools and other similar areas.

Guests may not wear overly revealing or inappropriate clothing– such as fetish-related garb and accoutrements. Collars are acceptable, but collars with leashes attached are not acceptable in the hotel or public spaces – they may only be worn in the convention space itself, or in private rooms/facilities.

Bullying and Harassment

FurDU is committed to providing a safe and comfortable convention experience for everyone. Bullying or harassment of any kind, including intimidating or threatening behaviour, verbal or physical assault, unwelcome sexual advances or abuse, or any other similar behaviours.

Remember:

  • Costume is NOT consent!
  • “No” means no.
  • “Stop” means stop.
  • “Go away” means go away.

Harassment does not require you to intend to offend. If an individual feels they are being harassed, then the responsible behaviour needs to stop. All attendees have the right to enjoy their convention experience without such issues. Continued bullying or harassment is grounds for removal from the convention space, revocation of registration, and/or banning from future events.

FurDU is not responsible for resolving personal conflicts between attendees, if you feel you are being bullied or harassed, please advise a member of staff immediately and it will be referred to security personnel or the authorities as appropriate. False allegations of bullying or harassment is considered harassment in itself, and will be treated accordingly.

If you have been the target of harassment, we urge you to report the incident immediately to a member of Security or to Convention Operations. The sooner an issue is reported to us, the more appropriately we can address it.

Hate Speech and Symbolism

Speech 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.

The ban includes any sign or icon embodied in a physical object but also optical and acoustical symbols qualified to give an unbiased third party the impression of being a distinctive mark of any of the organizations mentioned above. It furthermore applies to variations or modifications similar enough to be mistaken for those symbols or intentionally obscured renderings of those symbols.

Weapons, Dangerous Goods, and Property

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. Any act of vandalism against FurDU, the hotel, or any persons will be referred to the authorities, and those responsible may face financial, civil, or criminal liability.

FurDU is not responsible for any personal property.

Alcohol and Substances

FurDU promotes the sensible and safe consumption of alcohol. Intoxicated individuals may be asked to leave the convention space temporarily by staff or security. The possession, use, or sale of illicit substances is strictly prohibited. Attendees found in violation of this will be reported to hotel security and the authorities. The hotel common areas, including the convention space, are licensed. Therefore, no BYO alcohol is permitted in these areas.

The hotel and FurDU staff reserve the right to perform bag checks for this purpose.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in all hotel and convention areas, THIS INCLUDES ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, unless otherwise signed. This includes the hotel rooms. Please be considerate of others when smoking by smoking away from windows and entrances.

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.

Registration & Payment

  • FurDU reserves the right to refuse admission based on your previous payment history, behaviour, or any other cause for concern that your presence may interfere with convention operations, cause excessive discomfort to staff or other attendees, or adversely affect FurDu’s relationship with its guests, its venues or the public.
  • In order to become a member of the convention, you are required to register through our online registration system. Registrations or ticket purchases through any other means are null and void.
  • Attendees must be at least 18 years old by the first day of the convention. You will be required to present a legal photo ID or passport at check-in time.
  • Memberships (including sponsor packages) are refundable, and transferable. However a service fee will be deducted upon refund (around $8)
  • In order to transfer your membership, both parties are required to send an email to [email protected] and express their mutual desire to transfer the membership. The transfer is not valid until it was approved by our registration staff in writing.

If you want to support the convention, we would like to encourage you to become a sponsor. Sponsorship is an easy way to make a voluntary extra donation. Sponsors get a few extra privileges, honorable mentions in the con book, a free T-Shirt and other extras. Super sponsors will be rewarded with additional privileges, such as reserved seats for popular stage events and access to exclusive supersponsor-only events. You can upgrade to any sponsor level at any time, unless its sold out.

Sponsorship

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;
  • Priority entry into events;
  • 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.

You can upgrade to any sponsor level at any time, but sponsor and super-sponsor levels are in limited supply! Specific rewards are subject to change.

Media and Branding

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 senior 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 without an escort.

If members of the media are present, attendees must 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 staff or to Convention Operations immediately. Do not speak to any unbadged and unescorted members of the press!

FurDU members should be aware that audio and/or video recordings are frequently made in convention space and that their likenesses may appear in those recordings. Individual members agree to assign without compensation the use of their likeness(es) at FurDU for the use of promotional material such as the highlights videos.

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. Members agree to remove from circulation or publication any image or recording that in the sole opinion of Furry Down Under Inc. misrepresents or defames its trademark.

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.

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.

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.