How far we've come

The 2018–2021 action plan helped lay the foundation for Victoria Police to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation.

The VP CALD Council was established in January 2019 to:

  • promote policies and strategies and days of significance for CALD employees
  • provide peer-to-peer support
  • and advise on employment, inclusion and retention of CALD people within Victoria Police.

Victoria Police has implemented a range of initiatives resulting in noticeable improvement in CALD employee recruitment and inclusion.

As at June 2022, 3,450 or 15.56 per cent of Victoria Police employees are from CALD backgrounds.

Notable achievements

The Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program

The Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program is a pilot program originally focusing on African applicants. Under this action plan the pilot program will be expanded to include all CALD applicants.

In 2020 and 2021, 13 participants of the program graduated from the Victoria Police Academy.

The School Based Traineeship Program

The School Based Traineeship Program continues to give students in CALD communities supported work experience at police stations.

CALD young people are recruited to the program by Skillinvest.

Victoria Police CALD employee networks

Victoria Police has established employee networks including:

  • the VP CALD Council
  • Sikh Employee Network
  • Victoria Police African Employee Network
  • Victoria Police Jewish Network
  • Victoria Police Muslim Association
  • Victorian Hellenic Police Association, and
  • Victoria Police Women of Colour Network.

Expanding the definition of workplace harm

The definition of workplace harm has been expanded on the OneLink intranet page.

OneLink provides confidential, impartial, person-centred support to employees impacted by workplace harm.

Training and presentations specifically include harassment and discrimination based on culture.

OneLink continues to be refined to improve reporting on trends associated with workplace harm to CALD employees.