The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (the Commission) was commissioned in 2014 by Victoria Police to conduct an independent review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, in Victoria Police. The Commission reported its findings and recommendations publicly in December 2015.

The Independent Review aimed to identify actions to promote safety and equality in Victoria Police. Under its Terms of Reference the Independent Review gathered information about the nature and extent of sex discrimination (including all forms of gender-based discrimination) and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, in Victoria Police. 

The information gathered by the Independent Review was used to develop recommendations and an action plan for Victoria Police as part of Phase 1. The Phase 1 report was released in December 2015 and is now available: Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour in Victoria Police - Phase 1 Report, 2015.

 We are now independently monitoring the implementation of the recommendations and will report on this in two phases: Phase 2 in 2017 and Phase 3 in 2019. The Phase 2 report was released in September 2017 and is now available: Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, in Victoria Police – Phase 2 Report, 2017.

An Expert Panel oversees the Independent Review, comprising Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton (chair), Professor Paula McDonald and Major General Gerard Fogarty (retired).

The Independent Review is not a complaints and investigation process and does not pursue specific cases of sexual harassment, sex discrimination or predatory behaviour. Find out more about other avenues of formal complaint.

All personal information collected by the Independent Review is kept strictly confidential. The Independent Review doe not share any identifying information with Victoria Police, including Taskforce Salus, and participants do not need to provide their name or any other personal information at any stage.

The Commission complies with Victorian privacy laws and the confidentiality provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Read our privacy policy.