Gender equality

The Victorian Bar supports a fair, equitable, dynamic, inclusive, and diverse Bar which continues to attract and retain the best talent.

Our commitment to gender equality

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:

  • Equitable briefing opportunities
  • Equal pay for work of equal or comparable value
  • Full and equal participation and progression of women at the Bar
  • Participation in leadership roles
  • A workplace that is free of harassment and discrimination, and
  • Recognition of family and caring responsibilities.

Assistance for women at the Bar

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 Women Barristers' Association aims to, amongst other objectives, promote awareness, discussion and resolution of issues which particularly affect women.