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.

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.

Protected characteristics

Employees have the right to be free from discrimination based on protected characteristics within the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act.

These characteristics include age, parent and carer status, disability, employment activity, expunged homosexual conviction, gender identity, industrial activity, lawful sexual activity, marital status, physical features, political belief or activity, pregnancy and breastfeeding, race, religious belief or activity, sex, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, personal association with someone who has, or is assumed to have, one of these personal characteristics.

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.