The Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program is a demand-led initiative focused on expanding employment outcomes for people from African-Australian, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and refugee backgrounds into Victoria Police.
It takes a collaborative approach, with cross-sector support from seven organisations convened by Africause (previously the African-Australian Multicultural Employment and Youth Services).
"For the police force to be effective, it must truly reflect all parts of the community which it serves.”
- Superintendent Mark Porter
As of December 2019, Victoria Police had over 21,399 members. Fewer than two in every 1000 police officers come from non-English–speaking African communities.
This program – the only one of its kind in Australia – is proactively addressing this imbalance.