Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program

The Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program addresses barriers to recruitment and bridge to employment pathways in Victoria Police for underrepresented culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal communities.


Success & benefits

The program builds on a pilot funded by Jobs Victoria in 2018-21, focused on recruitment pathways for African Australians.

The pilot Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program (structured around the Course in Policing Recruitment Pathways) targeted African Australian recruits. 

As of August 2021, this program demonstrated significant success and benefits:

  • 112 participants completed the program
  • 34% passed the entrance exam  
  • 30% are employed with VicPol or in recruitment process (of 12% general applicants)
  • 60 program applicants were referred or supported into alternative pathways (e.g. custodial and enforcement fields, JobActives, foundation courses, professional health care support)
  • 13 applicants secured alternative employment in the Army reserve, Border Force and TransDev
  • 70 Victoria Police members were assigned to mentor participants
  • the program allowed for knowledge/aptitude and cultural awareness transfers between VicPol and participants
  • there was active engagement with Victoria Police through industry-led visits to:
    • local police stations
    • the Police Academy
    • Mounted Police
    • Police Launch.

In 2022, the program was a finalist in the Engagement Australia Excellence Awards.

Strong industry partnerships

The program was initiated when VU was approached by Africause to join with Victoria Police and other organisations, including:

  • Jesuit Social Services
  • AMES Australia
  • Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
  • Matchworks.

It aims to find ways of addressing the identified problem of the barriers to recruitment of under-represented communities to Victoria Police.

There are specific barriers that disadvantage these groups for entry into employment generally, and Victoria Police in particular. The barriers include language and numeracy skills, affordability, different cultural understandings, fitness and swimming capability. 

The objective of this program is to build the skills and attributes of potential recruits, to increase the proportion of people from African, refugee and other under-represented backgrounds in Victoria Police.

Alek, a participant of the Victoria Police Cultural Inclusion Recruitment Program, receiving her Certificate of Participation in the program from Superintendent Mark Porter.

Participation & results

The first six rounds of the Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program were held at Footscray Park Campus and targeted the African-Australian cohort.

Subsequent rounds are scheduled around Victoria. Upcoming recruitment will support culturally and linguistically diverse applicants, thereby creating a stronger and more diverse emergency services force.

Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program Round 1 graduation