Working With Community
Release date: Mon 22 December 2014
Last updated: Fri 24 March 2017
Equality is not the same
Victoria Police released the Equality is not the same report (the Report) in December 2013 as a direct result of extensive community consultation, aimed at improving the way police engage with diverse communities.
The Report included a three year action plan that established a clear direction for Victoria Police to strengthen community trust and confidence in police.
The name of the report comes from the notion that treating people the same doesn't mean treating people equally.
Background to Equality is not the same
In February 2013, upon settlement of litigation in the Federal Court of Australia alleging the existence of the practice of racial profiling within Victoria Police, in an agreed statement Victoria Police announced it would:
(1) Invite community comment about, and then undertake an examination of:
(2) Publish a public report on the results of this examination and announce what actions will be taken in response to these results, by 31 December 2013.
Equality is not the same - Phase One (years 1, 2 and 3)
Victoria Police is committed to ensuring every member of the community who comes in contact with police is treated with dignity and respect.
We continue to embed policies, guidelines and processes into all elements of the organisation to reinforce cultural awareness and human rights in all decision making and practices.
A lot has been achieved during Phase One of Equality is not the same (2014-2016). Specifically, we have:
Equality is not the same - Phase Two (years 4, 5 and 6)
Victoria Police has committed to a further three years of action in Phase Two of Equality is not the same (2017-2019). The focus of phase two will be the continued implementation and demonstration of change at the grass roots level.
The next three years bring an opportunity to:
Cultural, Community and Diversity Education Strategy