We define key terms below and acknowledge that people have different definitions. Language has changed and continues to evolve.


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.


Heteronormativity is the assumption that everyone is heterosexual (straight), and that this is the norm.

Heterosexism is the belief that non-heteronormative sexual orientations or gender identities are unnatural.


A term used to describe the irrational fear, hatred or aversion to or discrimination against people who are homosexual or same sex attracted, or who are perceived to be.


Is the exaggerated form of stereotypical masculinity. For example, the overvaluing of strength, emotional suppression and stoicism.

Hypermasculine workplace cultures place value on masculine traits over and to the detriment of feminine traits.


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


A term used to describe the irrational fear, hatred, aversion to or discrimination against people who are transgender, or who are perceived to be transgender. This is also sometimes known as transprejudice.

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.