In 2014 Victoria Police engaged the Commission to complete an independent review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, in its organisation.
At the time, many of Victoria Police's female employees were experiencing sex discrimination and sexual harassment at work, resulting in profound and lasting harm.
In addition to providing a safe working environment for its employees, Victoria Police knew that addressing workplace harm in its own organisation would also improve its response to gendered violence in the community.
"I am proud of what Victoria Police is doing in response to [the Commission's] review. It makes [Victoria Police] much more an employer of choice for me. I see it as leading community and social change."
Watch the video that Victoria Police produced about the independent review
Scope of the review
The Commission conducted the review in three phases.
Initial review (Phase 1 – 2015)
We examined the nature, extent, drivers and impacts of sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Victoria Police.
We made 20 recommendations to create the foundations for change. These aimed to build the structures, rationale, messaging, strategic vision, values and leadership accountability to achieve gender equality.
Interim audit (Phase 2 – 2017)
We audited the extent of implementation of the phase 1 recommendations.
We provided further guidance to support the next stage of implementation of the phase 1 recommendations.
Final review and audit (Phase 3 – 2019)
We again audited the phase 1 recommendations and assessed the state of gender equality in Victoria Police. We made 16 new recommendations to help embed gender equality across Victoria Police by 2030. We also provided the organisation with a 10-year outcome monitoring framework to assess its progress towards gender equality.
We also examined workplace harm against LGBTI employees. We provided guidance to support Victoria Police's work to create a workplace that is inclusive of, and safe for, LGBTI employees.
Phase 3 resources
The Phase 3 audit and review report is available to download in PDF and Doc from the Phase 3 report page.
Additional resources include:
- Phase 3 report: Executive summary
- Outcome monitoring framework
- The state of gender equality in Victoria Police in 2018
- Audit framework
- Summary of the audit outcomes
- How gender inequality drives workplace harm
- Where to go if you need help
Restorative Engagement and Redress Scheme
In December 2019, the Victorian Government's Restorative Engagement and Redress Scheme was implemented, offering support, restorative engagement or financial redress for current and former police employees who experienced sexual harassment or sex discrimination in the course of their work. The scheme operates independently of Victoria Police and was one of the recommendations from the Commission’s independent review.
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