The Victorian Bar supports a fair, equitable, dynamic, inclusive and diverse Bar which continues to attract and retain the best talent, male and female.
The Bar continues to strive towards gender equality, so that all barristers can access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of gender. This means that all barristers can benefit from:
The Bar’s initiatives to promote gender equality are set out below.
The Bar has adopted the Law Council of Australia’s National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy and Diversity and Equality Charter. As such, the Bar promotes a consistent approach towards to gender briefing practices, so as to maximise choices for legal practitioners and their clients, promote the full use of the independent Bar and optimise opportunities for practice development of all barristers.
Many of the Bar’s Silks have made a personal commitment to promoting equality and diversity by fostering a workplace that is free from bullying, discriminatory behaviour and sexual harassment. The names of Silks who have signed the Undertaking are here.
The Women Barristers' Association aims to, amongst other objectives, promote awareness, discussion and resolution of issues which particularly affect women.