Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Review
Victoria Police commissioned the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) to undertake an independent review to examine sex discrimination and sexual harassment including predatory behaviour in Victoria Police. For more information about the review visit the VEOHRC website
Following the release of the Report in December 2015 by VEOHRC, the Chief Commissioner formally acknowledged the harm done to many Victoria Police employees, accepting all 20 recommendations. He made clear his expectations, and formally apologised to serving and former members of Victoria Police including LGBTI members who experienced workplace harm.
Victoria Police responded immediately to the VEOHRC findings, with the establishment of victim centric responses focused on the impact and wellbeing of employees.
In addition, actions included:
- the VEOHRC Review Response Partnerships and Innovation Office was established under the leadership of Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius APM to manage the program of work
- all members of Command personally led presentations to their workplaces and set expectations with staff regarding their support for a respectful and supportive workplace which is free from sex discrimination and harassment. In addition, the review team have delivered tailored, workplace based presentations to over 800 staff
- developing and commencing implementation of a comprehensive communication and engagement strategy
- allocating funding to support reform programs and contribution of existing capacity by Commands
The VEOHRC Steering Committee chaired by Deputy Commissioner Wendy Steendam, and independent advisory structures are providing oversight for this work.
Implementation of the recommendations will deliver significant organisational change, creating a gender inclusive workplace where all employees are safe and treated with dignity and respect.
Proud, visible, safe
Responding to Workplace Harm Experience by LGBTI Employees in Victoria Police
In early 2018, Victoria Police commissioned the Victoria Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to conduct a review that focused on the experiences and impact of workplace harm on our LGBTI employees. In May 2019, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton and VEOHRC Commissioner Kristen Hilton launched the report, Proud, visible, safe: Responding to Workplace Harm Experience by LGBTI Employees in Victoria Police. Victoria Police has accepted all the recommendations from VEOHRC.
Confidential help and information
Call Safe Space for support. Safe Space is available to current and former Victoria Police employees and their families only.
The Safe Space hotline was created in response to the VEOHRC Review. Safe Space provides confidential advice, support and advocacy for victims/targets of workplace harm.
It is available 24 hours/seven days a week/365 days per year state-wide and is independent of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Victoria Police. Safe Space will not disclose information to Victoria Police which might identify a victim/target without their express consent.
Taskforce Salus was established to identify and investigate sexual predatory behaviour and serious sexual harassment and discrimination allegations made against current or former Police, Protective Services Officers and Victorian Public Service staff.
There are processes in place to ensure confidentiality consistent with the Protected Disclosures Act to protect the identity of reporting individuals. If you prefer, anonymous information may also be provided.
Taskforce Salus Confidential Contact Options
Phone: 03 8327 6845
Victoria Police Centre
G.P.O Box 913
Melbourne, VIC, 3001
Reviewed 16 May 2019