Legal

The Sex Work Act (1994) and Sex Work Regulations (2016) are being repealed following the passing of the Sex Work Decriminalisation Act 2022 (the Act). You can find a copy of the Act here

From December 2023, sex work will be regulated similarly to other Victorian industries by agencies such as the Department of Health and Worksafe. 

These changes are happening in two stages, the first on May 10 2022, and the second on December 1 2023. For more information, see our Decriminalisation FAQs here for the most up-to-date information regarding the changes to sex work legislation. You can also find answers to common questions on our FAQs page here.

See the below links for legal information relating to sex working in Victoria and contact RhED on 1800 458 752 or email sexworker@sexworker.org.au for further information, or to talk through your individual needs.


Sex Work Decriminalisation Act 2022

Equal Opportunity Act 2010

Decrim FAQs

Worksafe

DHHS




Legal fact sheets from St Kilda Legal Service

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Dealing with Authorities – Consumer Affairs

Dealing with Authorities – Local Councils

Dealing with Authorities – DHHS

Dealing with Victoria Police

Rights at Work

Safety

Dealing with Authorities – Worksafe

For more information visit www.skls.org.au and http://www.skls.org.au/legal-help/sex-work/legal-information-for-professionals/


It is a crime to be violent, indecent, threatening or offensive towards a sex worker.

If you have experienced any of the above, contact our Ugly Mugs program; you can also call RhED 1800 458 752 and request to debrief with a peer.