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Sex work and Law in Australia

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Laws and regulations that govern sex work in Australia are legislated at a State level.

 This can be an incredibly confusing topic, as the Law can often change. It’s important you keep updated and well informed on the topic. Federal Law criminalises ‘trafficking’ and ‘sex slavery’. We’ll try to simplify some of the information and give you resources to turn to when you need help.

 Scarlet Alliance Australia wide, and State specific; offers an abundance of resources, information and support. Follow our resources and links list, we have listed the important considerations for each State.  Add these resources on social media and regularly visit their websites to stay up to date.

‘‘Scarlet Alliance works towards sex worker rights (legal, health, industrial, civil) and uses health promotion approaches to achieve this. Scarlet Alliance promotes best practices including peer education, community development, community engagement and advocacy.’’

Sex work and Law in Australia

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Sex work Law in Australia.

 The subject of sex work has long divided society, law makers and sex workers themselves. Often the view points imposed do not accurately represent the true feelings of workers and the sex community.

One one hand, Law makers must uphold the principals of a democratic society and allow consenting adults to engage in sexual conduct freely. However on the other hand law makers feel pressure from societal views.  A view that on the most part is disapproving of sex work. The prejudice and discrimination arises from societal pressures, this can involve opinion originated via religious reasons and other influential sources such as news, movies or even long held inaccurate beliefs involving disease. Disproving such engrained opinion is tiring, however lucky for us, the sex community has some incredible organisations working relentlesstly in our favour.

There are substantial differences in sex work Law per State.

 Within the sex industry there are many contradicting Laws, leading to grey area’s and confusion amongst both Law makers, regulating authorities and sex workers themselves. The sex industry is lobbying for full decriminalisation throughout Australia. The difference in Law and regulation per State is substantial, creating even more confusion.

 For example, in New South Wales sex work is decriminalised (since 1990). Scarlet Alliances states this was “lobbied for by sex workers throughout the world as the only model of sex industry regulation that supports sex workers health and safety and human rights."

 In South Australia, sex work is Criminalised through the Summary offences Act and the Law Consolidation Act, though efforts are directed at Law reform, this is quite a slow and frustrating process. Visit SIN for more information.

Sex work is legal in Queensland, however it is regulated. RespectQLD is working hard towards full decriminalisation. They quote: "Many Queensland laws are not workable and criminalise basic sex worker safety strategies. It is the position of Respect Inc that full decriminalisation is the best legal framework for sex workers in Queensland.” Please see resources for more information regarding regulations. 

Victoria is in a similar position, legal however regulated. Providers are required to have an SWA licence number. There are also other regulations to adibe by, please see resources for more information.

Western Australia is legal and goverend under 'The Prostitutiuon Act 2000', with other offences in the Criminal Code. Some offences include living off the earnings of a sex worker, and soliciting sex in public. Visit Scarlet Alliance for more information.

The 'Sex Work Act 1992' regulates ACT sex workers; private, street based and brothels. For more information please visit Scarlet Alliance or SWOP ACT.

In Tasmania sex work is legal if no more than two wokers work together, however brothels are criminalised. Sex work is regulated by 'The Sex Industry Offences Act 2005'. Please visit Scarlet Alliance for more information.

The Prostition Act Governs legal sex workers in the Northern Territory, from regulations surrounding private sex work, street sex work and brothel work. Please direct yourself to SWOP NT for further information regarding a push for Law reform to full decriminalisation.

 

There are substantial nd confusing differences per State. This is why it is extremely important sex workers stay up to date and aware of the Law and Regulations that may affect them in each different State and Territory.

 

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