In 2014 the Commercial Bar Association of Victoria, the judiciary and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission began work together to understand and address equity issues for female barristers at the commercial bar. Of specific concern was the notion that women practising at the Victorian Bar in commercial law were briefed less frequently than their male counterparts and received briefs of less value.

The Equitable Briefing Initiative was developed to analyse the briefing practices of law firms and government entities who volunteered to be a part of the initiative by submitting data over a three-year period from 2016–19 on their briefing practices, and to focus on reducing any gender bias apparent in briefing practices. 

This report analyses results from the first stage of the Equitable Briefing Initiative. It aims to identify any bias in briefing practices and considers whether the number of briefs to female barristers are proportionate at each level of seniority, and whether the average value of briefs to men and women are equivalent at each level of seniority.

Gender inequality infographic. Figure of a woman surrounded by facts about gender inequality

A3 poster featuring facts on gender inequality to mark International Women's Day  8 March 2016 (updated 8 September 2016)

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission was commissioned by Victoria Police to conduct an independent review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, among Victoria Police personnel.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 11:47

Equal pay is a family issue - Mar 2014

A1 poster and postcards.

This report examines the experiences of women in the legal profession – focusing on discrimination, sexual harassment and the accommodation of parental and carer responsibilities (RTF | PDF).

This resource for pregnant women provides information on your rights in the workplace during pregnancy, parental leave options and tips on returning to work.

This report is a summary of research the Commission engaged Auspoll to conduct in order to contribute to the our body of knowledge on women and equality, and to broadly inform our work in addressing discrimination against women.

Monday, 01 March 2010 00:00

Advancing women’s rights - Mar 2010

This report explores the relationship between Victoria's Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and is one of three thematic occasional papers to accompany the Commission’s 2009 report on the operation of the Charter.

Information on how the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 applies to sport and what you need to consider before holding single-sex competitions.

Information for women in the legal profession about their rights at work.

Information about discrimination because of your sex, and sexual harassment.

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