Promoting racial, ethnic and cultural diversity and inclusion is a key mission of the Victorian Bar.
The Bar supports barristers, and prospective barristers from racially, ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds in all its activities. This means the Bar recognises that each person is unique and has different beliefs, values, preferences and life experiences. The Bar strives to ensure that these differences do not become barriers to career opportunities and participation in the Bar’s activities.
Several of the Bar’s initiatives to promote diversity are set out below.
The work of the Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity Working Group informs policy and networking initiatives of the Equality and Diversity Committee and the wider Bar.
The Bar supports the initiatives of diversity organisations, such as:
The Bar supports the initiatives of the Tarwirri, the indigenous law students and lawyers association of Victoria.
The Bar also supports financial assistance for Indigenous barristers. These initiatives include: