Ambulance Victoria has undergone considerable growth and transformation since its establishment in 2008, but particularly since 2015. These changes have arisen following greater integration into the broader health sector, as well as the rapid growth in the number of female employees and first responders in what was, until relatively recently, a male-dominated organisation. Indeed, since 2016, Ambulance Victoria has seen a 31% increase in its overall workforce and a 46% increase in female employees.
The experiences shared in this report will not reflect every person’s experience of working or volunteering at Ambulance Victoria. And yet, the scale and richness of the information shared with the Commission provide clear insights about the state of workplace equality at Ambulance Victoria and have enabled us to reach concrete findings about the extent to which the organisation’s programs and practice comply with the Equal Opportunity Act.
This first volume of the final report focuses on concerns related to safety, respect and trust. This is to enable Ambulance Victoria to take steps to address the ongoing and immediate risks of discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, victimisation and other forms of workplace harm reported to the Commission. The second volume will focus on equality, fairness and inclusion within Ambulance Victoria and will be released in early 2022.