Message from the Chief Commissioner

Working With Community

Release date: Fri 10 March 2017

Last updated: Thu 12 July 2018

Working With Community

The Victoria Police Priority Communities Division meets with peak bodies and community stakeholder organisations on a quarterly basis through formal 'Portfolio Reference Groups'. Membership on these Portfolio Reference Groups has been established through invitation and is reviewed on a regular basis. The Portfolio Reference Groups provide advice, expertise and feedback to assist Victoria Police in their engagement with diverse communities.

Disability Portfolio Reference Group

  • Alzheimer's Australia, Victoria
  • Amaze
  • Blind Citizens Australia
  • Brain Injury Australia
  • Carers Victoria
  • Deaf Victoria
  • Disability Discrimination Legal Service
  • Disability Justice Advocacy
  • First People's Disability Network
  • Office of Disability, Department of Human Services
  • Office of the Public Advocate
  • State Trustees
  • Victorian Equal Opportunity and
    Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC)
  • Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability
  • Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service
  • Women with Disabilities Victoria
  • Youth Disability Advocacy Service

LGBTI Portfolio Reference Group

  • Anti-Violence Project
  • Bisexual Alliance Victoria
  • Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council
  • GASP Geelong
  • GLHV
  • Gay and Lesbian Switchboard
  • Minus 18
  • No to Homophobia
  • Organisation Intersex Internationale
  • Transgender Victoria
  • Victorian AIDS Council
  • Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby



Mental Health Portfolio Reference Group

  • Council to Homeless Persons
  • Forensicare
  • Foundation House
  • Headspace
  • Justice Connect
  • Melbourne Magistrates' Court
  • Monash Health
  • Mind Australia
  • Orygen Youth Mental Health
  • SANE Australia
  • Tandem Incorporated
  • Victoria Legal Aid
  • Victorian Alcohol & Drug Association
  • Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council



Multicultural Portfolio Reference Group

  • African Think Tank
  • Arabic Welfare Inc.
  • Association of Hazaras in Victoria
  • Australian Multicultural Foundation
  • Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights
  • Australian Vietnamese Women's Association
  • Centre for Multicultural Youth
  • ECCV
  • Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria
  • Horn of Africa Communities Network
  • Islamic Council of Victoria
  • Jewish Community Council of Victoria
  • Monash University
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship
  • Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council
  • Union of Greater Upper Nile States Inc
  • United Pasifika Council of Victoria
  • Victorian Multicultural Commission

Seniors Portfolio Reference Group


Youth Portfolio Reference Group

  • Anglicare
  • Berry Street
  • Centre for Adolescent Health
  • Centre for Multicultural Youth
  • Children's Court of Victoria
  • Commission for Children and Young People
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Human Services
  • Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre
  • Jesuit Social Services
  • Koori Youth Council
  • Royal Children's Hospital
  • Victoria Legal Aid
  • Youth Affairs Council of Victoria




Equality is not the same

Find out more about the Victoria Police 'Equality is not the same' report, aimed at improving the way police engage with diverse communities. 




Receipting Proof of Concept (RPOC)

As part of the program of works implemented under Equality is not the same, Victoria Police developed and trialled a receipting pilot to address perceptions that some community members are stopped and searched by police more than others. This trial was known as the Receipting Proof of Concept.

For more information visit the Receipting Proof of Concept (RPOC) webpage.


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