Victoria Police LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Action Plan 2023-2024

27 Feb 2023

Message from Deputy Commissioner Neil Paterson

I am proud to introduce the Victoria Police LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Action Plan 2023–2024. I do so in my capacity as the Executive Sponsor for LGBTIQ+ employee engagement and as a member of the Victoria Police Pride employee network (VP Pride).

This second Victoria Police LGBTIQ+ action plan reaffirms our commitment to righting the wrongs in our past – we acknowledge the history of exclusion for many Victoria Police LGBTIQ+ employees.

It is so very important that we encourage all employees to bring their whole selves to work and create a work environment where LGBTIQ+ employees feel safe, and are safe, from workplace harm.

Providing a safe workplace culture for LGBTIQ+ employees is essential if we are to address the harm to LGBTIQ+ people in the community.

Since 2018, Victoria Police has taken significant strides towards a better understanding of the issues faced by LGBTIQ+ people. I’m pleased to see this effort formally recognised through receipt of a number of awards at organisational level.

I acknowledge and thank the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (VEOHRC), for supporting us throughout this process.

I would also like to thank all members of VP Pride and am proud that we launched the network in 2018. VP Pride has set the standard for workplace networks and has enabled an accelerated engagement with employees to inform what is required to create a safe and inclusive workplace.

We all have a responsibility to our LGBTIQ+ employees and the LGBTIQ+ community we serve to be a safe and respectful workforce where all people, regardless of their sexual identity, gender expression or sex characteristics are encouraged to excel and thrive.

Thank you finally to all past and present LGBTIQ+ employees and allies for supporting positive cultural change.

Neil Paterson APM
Deputy Commissioner, Victoria Police
Executive Champion

About the Victoria Police LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Action Plan 2023-2024

The Victoria Police LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Action Plan 2023–2024 is part of the Victoria Police Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Framework 2023–2030 (Framework). 

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