Equality & Diversity at the Bar


The Victorian Bar is committed to promoting equality and diversity in the legal profession. Such an approach is consistent with the principles of justice, integrity, equity and the pursuit of excellence upon which the Bar is founded.

Diversity is an inclusive concept and encompasses matters such as ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, colour, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status.

The Bar recognises that a strong and vibrant Bar is a diverse and egalitarian one where a variety of views are encouraged, accommodated and respected. By fostering diversity we ensure that the very best lawyers are drawn to the Bar and given the opportunity to participate in the Bar’s decision-making processes. In this way, the Bar is enriched and, with a greater skill-set to draw upon, the Bar will be more effective in performing its institutional role in the practice of the law and the administration of justice. At an individual level, members will be encouraged to promote their abilities and make a real contribution to the legal profession, as well as broader society.