VicPol Corporate

We define key terms below and acknowledge that people have different definitions.

Language has changed and continues to evolve.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

An Aboriginal person and Torres Strait Islander person:

  • is a descendent of an Aboriginal person
  • is a descendent of a Torres Strait Islander person
  • identifies as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • is accepted as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander by the community in which they live or have lived.


Colonisation is the act of setting up a colony away from one’s original place of origin and involves the process of settling among and establishing control over the Aboriginal people of the area.


Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, sex, or disability.

Discriminatory workplace harm

This umbrella term covers any way a person experiences discrimination, harm or violence based on protected characteristics within the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act.

Gender equality and inclusion outcomes committee

The Gender Equality and Inclusion Outcomes Committee is the current authorising and governing committee that sits over gender equality in Victoria Police.

The committee is being expanded to include diversity and inclusion.


Intersectionality is an approach to understanding how social meanings related to the way we categorise and identify can overlap and interconnect.

This creates different layers of discrimination or disadvantage for either an individual or group.

Program logic

A program logic model is a schematic representation that describes how a program is intended to work by linking activities with outputs, intermediate outcomes and longer-term outcomes.


A stereotype is a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.

Workplace harm

Workplace harm is the detrimental effects of being targeted by all forms of inappropriate behaviour from work colleagues including sex discrimination, gender-based bullying, sexual harassment and assault, predatory behaviour, victimisation, workplace conflict and bullying.

Reviewed 30 May 2023

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