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Valuing diversity

Victoria Police is committed to growing a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve – we value the diversity of age, gender, culture, religion and sexual orientation of our employees.

We value the different attributes, life experiences, capabilities and skills that each employee contributes. We value the diversity of our employees and foster an environment which is inclusive and safe from discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation and bullying.

In the Victoria Police Equity and Diversity Plan, we recognised that through greater workforce diversity and inclusion, we will increase our ability to provide better services to the community and improve employee engagement and productivity.

Victoria Police has made a strong commitment to increasing representation of women, people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, people with disability and those with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD).

In addition, Victoria Police will continue to support a broad range of diverse groups including those from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities, people with disabilities, and religious and spiritually diverse groups.

Download the flyer for information on the Victoria Police Academy LGBTI Student Support Program.

  • Women are at the forefront of modern policing – in leadership positions, in metro and country locations and in specialist roles.

    We commissioned the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) for an independent review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment within the services. The report was a wake-up call that identified 20 recommendations to be implemented for long-term and lasting cultural change.

    As well as the flexible workplace policy we've:

    established internal departments to continually manage and monitor project and report outcomes

    overhauled discipline systems to ensure more timely and victim-centric responses

    conducted leadership training to ensure those in management are equipped to lead with confidence and manage inappropriate behaviour

    created programs to foster women's leadership capability

    established an independent and confidential phone support service

    created an internal workplace harm unit triage and case-manage all complaint

    changed various specialist courses to make them more accessible to part-time and regional members

    established the 'keeping in touch' program for members on maternity leave and long-term absences, so they are up to date and don't miss out on potential opportunities

    Senior leadership is talking to members and staff about career progression and overcoming obstacles and barriers. This has already resulted in females taking on more senior roles. VEOHRC will deliver its final progress audit in 2018.

    We offer a range of performance development programs and flexible work options to ensure that career development opportunities are accessible to everyone while achieving a sustainable work-life balance.

    Victoria Police embraces the diversity of its workforce and commits to facilitating an environment, which is inclusive and safe from discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation and bullying. The Diversity and Inclusion Framework highlights the organisation’s commitment to deliver dedicated strategies and action plans for this priority area (Gender Equality Strategy & Action Plan 2017 - 2020).

    See some of our inspirational female police and protective services officers speaking about their careers in the videos below.

    If a career in Policing is something that you've been thinking about email rsbmarketing@police.vic.gov.a

  • Victoria Police strives to be an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. To meet this goal, we have implemented an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Plan to create employment and career development opportunities in a supportive and inclusive environment.

    If you have high integrity, are community-minded, problem/solution orientated and a good communicator, then a career as a Police or Protective Services Officer could be right for you.

    At the Academy – Aboriginal Student Network.
    During Academy training recruits can join the Aboriginal Student Network to access support and advice. This network holds frequent meetings and has operational Aboriginal Police, Protective Services Officers and Police Custody Officers as guest speakers. The network also makes recommendations to the Academy Management to work towards continuous improvement of a fully inclusive, culturally safe and supportive training environment.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander School Based Traineeship
    The School Based Traineeship Program is designed for students completing years 10, 11 or 12 who are interested in a career with Victoria Police. Victoria Police, Skillinvest and Jobs Victoria have jointly created this program aiming to provide useful work experience and insight into a policing career.
    For more information contact:
    Naishadh Gadani
    Skillinvest Project Coordinator
    1300 135 008
    naishadh.gadani@skillinvest.com.au
    www.skillinvest.com.au

    Victoria Police embraces the diversity of its workforce and commits to facilitating an environment, which is inclusive and safe from discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation and bullying. The Diversity and Inclusion Framework highlights the organisation’s commitment to deliver dedicated strategies and action plans for this priority area (Aboriginal Inclusion Strategy & Action Plan 2018 - 2021).

    If a career in policing is something that you've been thinking about email ABORIGINALRECRUITMENT-MGR@police.vic.gov.au

    Alternatively, apply today and begin your journey towards a remarkable career.

  • Our workforce is made up of people from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds which enables our employees to bring a variety of different attributes, life experiences, insights and languages to enrich our organisation.

    Victoria Police defines Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people as those who are from an non-English speaking or non-mainstream cultural, religious or ethnic background.

    Victoria Police is seeking to reflect the cultural diversity of the Victorian Community as our workforce undergoes significant expansion. To achieve this aim we understand the need to reach out and engage with communities that are under-represented within our work force. We also consider the unique challenges associated with the recruitment and retention of a culturally and linguistically diverse workforce.

    Victoria Police embraces the diversity of its workforce and commits to facilitating an environment, which is inclusive and safe from discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation and bullying. The Diversity and Inclusion Framework highlights the organisation’s commitment to deliver dedicated strategies and action plans for this priority area (CALD Inclusion Strategy & Action Plan 2018 - 2021).

    Employment pathways

    Victoria Police has partnered with various organisations to provide career pathway opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds.

    Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program

    This program is designed to address the unique challenges encountered by African-Australians who wish to apply to Victoria Police. The program assists participants with meeting the academic, fitness and professional expectations of the recruitment process. The program was developed through collaboration with various organisations and is managed by Jesuit Social Services and Victoria University Polytechnic. For more information, or to apply, see:

    www.victoriapolicediversity.org.au

    New and Emerging Diverse Communities School Based Traineeship

    The School Based Traineeship Program for New and Emerging Communities is designed for students completing years 10, 11 or 12 who are interested in a career with Victoria Police. Victoria Police, Skillinvest and Jobs Victoria have jointly created this program aiming to provide useful work experience and insight into a policing career. For more information contact: Naishadh Gadani, Skillinvest Project Coordinator, phone 1300 135 008, naishadh.gadani@skillinvest.com.au or visit www.skillinvest.com.au

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    On the job

    Victoria Police has several employee networks that Police officers, Protective Services Officers, Police Custody Officers and Victorian Public Servants are invited to join. These are:

    • Victoria Police Muslim Employees Association
    • Victoria Police African Employee Network (VICPOLAEN)
    • Victoria Police Jewish Employee Network (VPJN)
    • Victoria Police Hellenic Association
    • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Council and Network

    The purpose of employee networks is to foster diversity and inclusion within Victoria Police by allowing employees from diverse backgrounds and their allies to share common experiences and information, and contribute to policy development on issues relevant to a culturally diverse workforce. It also provides an opportunity for Victoria Police employees to get more involved in the challenges and initiatives related to their communities.

    Contact us

    If a career in policing is something that you have been thinking about but you are experiencing challenges related to your cultural or religious background, or because English is not your first language please email cald-recruitment-mgr@police.vic.gov.au

  • Victoria Police is a proud employer of people of all genders and sexual orientations. We believe representing Victoria's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities in our workforce contributes to the creation of mutual trust and allows us to provide a fair and equitable policing service.

    Victoria Police is a member of Pride in Diversity and has been awarded bronze status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, indicating that we're actively engaged in LGBTI workplace inclusion.

    Don't just take our word for it, hear from LGBTI Police Members across the organisation on radio JOY 94.9's GLLO Show podcast.

    Victoria Police embraces the diversity of its workforce and commits to facilitating an environment, which is inclusive and safe from discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation and bullying. The Diversity and Inclusion Framework highlights the organisation’s commitment to deliver dedicated strategies and action plans for this priority area (LGBTI Inclusion Strategy & Action Plan 2018 - 2021).

    At the Academy

    During training at the Academy you can join the LGBTI Student Network to access support and advice. This program holds frequent meetings and has operational LGBTI Police and Protective Services Officers as guest speakers. The network also makes recommendations to the Academy Management to work towards continuous improvement of a fully inclusive and supportive training environment.

    Download the flyer for information:

    On the job

    Victoria Police employees, including Police Officers, Protective Services Officers, Police Custody Officers and Victorian Public Servants are invited to join VP Pride. This council aims to foster diversity and inclusion within Victoria Police by encouraging employees to share common experiences and information, and contribute to policy development which promotes greater inclusion of LGBTI employees.

    In addition, the VP Pride network aims to improve organisational awareness of LGBTI-specific issues by serving in an advisory capacity to leadership on issues impacting LGBTI employees and their allies.

    Victoria Police has developed a trans- and gender-diverse (TGD) inclusion policy and practice guidelines to ensure TGD employees are treated with respect in the workplace, and to support those who choose to affirm their gender (transition) while they are a member of Victoria Police.

    During 2019 Victoria Police will release our LGBTI inclusion strategy and action plan.

    Support your community

    Victoria Police actively connects to LGBTI communities through important dates including

    Applicant questions

    If you have questions about LGBTI inclusion throughout the Victoria Police recruitment process, we can arrange to put you in contact with one of our GLLOs to learn more about what it's like to work for Victoria police. Email lgbti-recruitment-mg@police.vic.gov.au

  • Victoria Police has committed to a target of 6% employment of people with disability by 2020, and 12% by 2025 within Victorian Public Services roles.

    As an employer of choice, we value the contribution of people with disability and recognise their contribution to fully participate in their employment within our organisation. We are committed to offering the necessary reasonable adjustments for achieving this outcome.

    Victoria Police embraces the diversity of its workforce and commits to facilitating an environment, which is inclusive and safe from discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation and bullying. The Diversity and Inclusion Framework highlights the organisation’s commitment to deliver dedicated strategies and action plans for this priority area (Accessibility Inclusion Strategy & Action Plan 2017 - 2020).

    Employment pathways

    Each year Victoria Police employs graduates with disability through the disability pathway of the Victorian Government Graduate Program. For more information see https://beta.vic.gov.au/victorian-government-graduate-program

    In recruitment

    From advertisement through to starting in a new role, applicants can seek reasonable adjustment to ensure the recruitment process allows all prospective applicants an equal opportunity to demonstrate that they are the best person for the job. For further information contact call (03) 9247 5113 or email VPSRECRUITMENT@police.vic.gov.au

    On the Job

    The Employee Accessibility Advocacy Network (EAAN) is the voice of Victoria Police employees with disability. The Network is comprised of employees with disability and their supporters, including police members, Protective Services Officers (PSO) and Victoria Public Servants (VPS) from across Victoria.

    Victoria Police has a Reasonable Workplace Adjustment policy to improve its capacity to employ, develop and retain people with disabilities. In addition, Victoria Police has a practice guide to support understanding and ensure compliance with policy.

    All Victoria Police staff are invited to our annual celebration of International Day of People with Disability. The event includes an award ceremony to recognise Victoria Police employees, police stations or work units that have provided outstanding service to people with disability.

    Contact us

    For further information on opportunities or supports for people with disability within Victoria Police please contact HRD-DIVERSITYUNIT-MGR@police.vic.gov.au

    Please Note: Candidates with disability may not be eligible for , Protective Services Officer (PSO) and Police Custody Officer (PCO) roles. The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 allows exemptions where it is reasonably necessary to protect the health or safety of any person or of the public. Please ensure you meet the entry requirements of the Police, PSO or PCO roles before you apply. If you are unsure, please consult the Medical Guidelines and complete a Preliminary Medical Condition Enquiry before applying.

Testimonials

  • James Egan, a Police Officer since 1985 and a descendent of Gunditjmara and Bangerang people had this to say about his career with Victoria Police:

    "The fact I am able to so readily change roles in Victoria Police provides plenty of motivation. Each new role presents new challenges, so it means you are always learning. Whether I am training new recruits, giving advice to a farmer on safer living or in my new role in crime prevention, there is always something new to learn – that provides me with ample motivation".

  • "I was approached by management and asked if I wish to conduct my daily prayers at work then a designated area would be made available to me upon request. Personally, I choose to conduct my prayers at home, however it is comforting to know that I am supported at work should I choose to actively practise my faith. I felt the prior understanding, knowledge and support management displayed in relation to my faith was impressive and accommodating. During Ramadan I choose to take leave in advance; however in the past I have worked nightshift which better suited my fasting and prayer schedule." - Victorian Police employee of CALD heritage

    "I have so far had an inspiring employment journey with Victoria Police that has seen me through a few low and many high points. Having a great sense of adventure and resilience have both been instrumental to my success story at Victoria Police. When you are a police officer, sometimes you outperform expectations, sometimes you don't – but you always bounce back." - Victorian Police employee of CALD heritage.

  • "I joined Victoria Police as I have a strong desire to help people, particularly those who are in crisis or vulnerable situations, and to support and encourage the diversity in our communities.

    My previous career was in human resources so I have always championed the fair treatment of people, with inclusiveness, and guiding them to the most appropriate outcomes, so it seemed like a good fit to become a Police Officer.

    As a member of the LGBTI community, my perception of Victoria Police's support toward the LGBTI community was initially negative but I realised this was based on historical events. I decided to do some research on Victoria Police as an organisation, through their media content, social media, speaking with current LGBTI employees and with friends who are Police Officers around the world.

    The most prominent theme that kept arising was that Victoria Police have embarked on a significant cultural change programme over the past few years, and which will continue for years to come in order to build a culture that will ensure all employees are treated equally and that people of the community are treated fairly without discrimination.

    I thought, if Victoria Police has made this commitment, I want to be part of the change!

    My experience so far in Victoria Police has been very supportive. So far, I am part of a strong LGBTI network, celebrated Wear It Purple Day, IDAHOBIT and marched in Midsumma Pride. Alongside this, I have received ongoing support during the Marriage Equality debate, and have had the opportunity to encourage and strengthen our allies in the organisation.

    I am proud to have joined Victoria Police and would highly recommend it as an organisation to join. One that prides itself on valuing diversity and inclusiveness." – 2018 Police Recruit, man

    "At 27 years old, I was coasting by in a job that I no longer had a passion for, so I decided to apply for Victoria Police; a dream that I have had since I was a child. Whilst I was excited about the prospects of my professional future, I was also scared and filled with apprehension. I had heard stories about how LGBTI members had been treated in the past and was worried. Then I thought about how this may have changed over the years. I mean, it had to have, right? We are in 2018 after all!

    The previous position I held before joining Victoria Police was in an office, a largely corporate environment. I was never "out" at this workplace because I felt like it would hurt my chances of getting promotions above other people, so, I stayed in the closet. I decided that if I got accepted into Victoria Police, it was my opportunity to be exactly who I was and make no apologies for it. That also scared me though, because I had no idea of what the perceptions of the LGBTI community were within the organisation. I knew that a lot of work was being done in this space, but there is always that little voice in the back of your head that fills you with a sense of unrest.

    During Induction Week at the Academy, we had opportunities to tell our stories about our previous experiences and what has led us to a life of policing. As squads this is the period when you're trying to figure everyone out and asking each other questions – it really is like the first day of High School all over again (in a good way, of course). When asked about partners, I never once hesitated to use the correct pro-nouns and was entirely proud and confident to let my fellow "squaddies" know that I identified as LGBTI. To my delight, no one even batted an eyelid when I told them; everyone was very welcoming and super supportive. To this day I have never once been teased, ridiculed, or made to feel belittled because of my sexual orientation. In fact, the day that marriage equality was recognised in Australia, I had a large majority of my squad mates come up and hug me and congratulate me on the vote. I had only known them for 6 weeks at the time.

    After settling in for a couple of weeks, I joined the LGBTI Student Network at the Academy. This Network was set up to provide support for recruits that identify as LGBTI, or have immediate family members that identify as LGBTI. We meet up once a month to discuss any issues we may be having at the Academy. Guest speakers are invited on occasion to speak to us about their experiences on the job and identifying as LGBTI. The service that the Network offers is invaluable as it provides comfort and reassurance that no matter what happens, there is a group of people around that know exactly what you're going through and the challenges that identifying as LGBTI can throw at you. I am also a student contact for the Network, so I help with spreading the word about the Network's existence by speaking to the incoming squads during their second week at the Academy, which has always been very well received.

    I am now in week 22 and have completed one stint at a suburban training police station in week 13, and I am currently completing my second training placement in the City. During both of these placements I have never once felt uncomfortable to be who I am and all my colleagues have welcomed me with open arms as part of the "blue" family. At station level there are further groups and support services in place if needed, such as the LGBTI Employee Network, Victoria Police Welfare and Victoria Police Psychology Unit. Once I have graduated I will be looking at becoming an LGBTI Liaison Officer (GLLO) to enable me to have a positive impact in the LGBTI community on a much larger scale.

    To this point, my experience has been nothing short of amazing and I can only encourage anyone that identifies as LGBTI and considering a career with Victoria Police to take the leap. Whilst I can't promise that your experience will be the same as mine, I can promise you will never be alone in your journey and you will not be disappointed that you took the chance. The opportunities are endless and the sense of satisfaction you feel when assisting the community is second to none. Go ahead, be a force for good!" – 2018 Police Recruit, woman

Contact 

To speak with one of Victoria Police's diversity portfolio officers, please reach out via the contact details below.

Reviewed 26 October 2020

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