Women in Policing

    The women of Victoria Police play a diverse role in our organisation. They are at the forefront of modern policing – in leadership positions, in metro and country locations and in specialist roles such as prosecutors, crime scene investigators and detectives plus many more.

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    We commissioned the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) for an independent review to examine sex discrimination and sexual harassment within the organisation. The report was a wake-up call that identified 20 recommendations to be implemented for long-term and lasting cultural change.


    What steps has Victoria Police taken to improve workplace discrimination and harassment?

    Victoria Police is doing a lot of work in a number of areas. As well as the flexible workplace policy we've:

    • established internal departments within Victoria Police to continually manage and monitor project and report outcomes.
    • overhauled discipline systems to ensure a more timely and victim-centric response.
    • conducted leadership training to ensure those in management are equipped to lead with confidence and manage inappropriate behaviour.
    • created programs to foster women's leadership capability.
    • established an independent and confidential phone support service.
    • internal workplace harm unit created to triage and case manage all complaints.
    • made changes to the various specialist courses to make them more accessible to part- time and regional members.
    • 'keeping in touch' program created for members on maternity leave and long term absences, so they are up to date and don't miss out on potential opportunities.

    As the changes we've already made start to take effect across the organisation we've been hearing some really great anecdotal feedback. Senior Sergeants are talking to their members about how they can work with them on career progression and overcoming any obstacles and barriers, which has already resulted in female officers and part-time officers taking on more senior roles. VEOHRC will deliver its final progress audit in 2018.


    We offer a range of performance development programs and flexible work options to ensure that career development opportunities are accessible to everyone while achieving a work life balance.

    To listen to some of our inspirational female police officers speaking about their career with Victoria Police, play the video below.

    If a career in policing is something that you have been thinking about and you want to understand more about whether it is the right choice for you, please e-mail rsbmarketing@police.vic.gov.au.

    Or alternatively apply today and begin the journey to embark on a remarkable career.

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