Independent review of Victoria Police
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.
Watch the video that Victoria Police produced about the independent review
The 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 LGBTIQ employees. We provided guidance to support Victoria Police’s work to create a workplace that is inclusive of, and safe for, LGBTIQ employees.
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