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Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association is the national peak sex worker organisation in Australia.

This website is maintained by volunteer sex worker skills, energy and passion! To interact with us directly on social media, like our Facebook page or follow us on twitter!

To join Scarlet Alliance download the membership form or complete the NEW ON-LINE MEMBERSHIP FORM

Scarlet Alliance recognise Australia is a country built upon Aboriginal land, we pay our respect to the elders and custodians of this land, current, past and future, and stand in solidarity with the struggles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are a proud member of the Anwernekenhe National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV/AIDS Alliance (ANA).

Notice of Special General Meeting (By Election)

A Special General Meeting will be held to enable a by-election for the roles of Vice President, Secretary and Secretary Double.
Voting will open on Thursday 25th February at 3pm AEDT and remain open for 24 hours.
Voting will close on Friday 26th February at 3pm AEDT.
For more information on the election process: click here to view the formal notice to members

Nominations Open for 3 Vacant Positions on the Scarlet Alliance Executive Committee

Being in an elected position carrying out the governance work at your national peak sex worker organisation can be an extremely rewarding experience! It is a chance to both learn lots of new things and to share your knowledge and expertise with other sex workers and the wider community. To view more information on each of the position you can click the links below. Nominations close on Wednesday 24th February and need to be received by 3pm AEDT (Sydney time)

Vice President
10 hours a week of self motivated work on the e-list, plus research, teleconferences and meetings. Co-ordinating doubles stepping up and down from executive; being contact point/liaison between spokesperson and representatives and the Executive Committee.
View full position description for Vice President here.
10 hours a week of self motivated work on the e-list, plus research, teleconferences and meetings. Taking minutes at meetings; with the President and committee- co-ordinating agendas, meeting dates and notices to the membership.
View full position description for Secretary here
Secretary Double
10 hours minimum per month and approximately 10 hours per week when stepping up as Secretary or other Executive Committee positions.
View information on doubles positions here.

Nomination Forms can be downloaded here:
To find out more general information on the election and nomination process click here.

Breaking News: Membership decision - 2016 National Forum will be held in Adelaide

More details to come soon

Want to know Why licensing will not work in NSW

Click here to view a one page document with key points explaining why.


On World AIDS Day 2015 and the 20th Anniversary of Decriminalisation in NSW Scarlet Alliance joined our members to celebrate the benefits decriminalisation has delivered to sex workers in NSW. The approach supported by a community of sex workers strongly engaged with the HIV response has delivered exceptional public health outcomes for the generally community.

Decriminalisation was introduced as bipartisan policy to reduce police corruption and to assist in Australia's response to HIV. This has proven to be a great success. Australia showed exceptional leadership by introducing decriminalisation and has come to be understood as world leaders in this regard.

In research showcased by the Lancet special edition on HIV and sex work, decriminalisation was identified as essential to addressing HIV, delivering a 33-46% aversion of HIV within ten years.

Today, on World AIDS Day 2015, we mourn those lives lost to AIDS, stigma, discrimination and criminalisation globally; we celebrate the resilience of sex workers and the contribution made by sex workers to HIV prevention, treatment and care; and we join the call for decriminalisation of sex work as essential to ending HIV.

Save decriminalisation in NSW for sex worker health and safety

A senate inquiry into sex industry regulation was recently announced in NSW.
The inquiry will consider replacing decriminalisation with licensing, like in Victoria, and or giving councils stronger powers.

Scarlet Alliance and SWOP developed an Info pack to assist sex workers and supporters to contribute to the process- submissions closed on August 19th 2015. DOWNLOAD SCARLET ALLIANCE INFO ON THE NSW INQUIRY

You can also access information on the NSW government website.

Watch a short film by sex workers in NSW about decriminalisation.

Sign the petition to Save decriminalisation in NSW for sex workers Health & Safety

Pacific Sex Worker Network Statement Luanch

Sex Worker leaders from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia gathered in Sydney for the first planning meeting to form The Pacific Sex Worker Networ. Other Pacific countries are encouraged to join. We are working toward a common goal of better representation of Pacific sex workers, and achieving decriminalisation of sex work in the Pacific. Downloadable PDF statement

New Reports on our publications page

Go straight to downloads

• Stepping up the Evidence on HIV and Sex Work: Decriminalise Sex Work Now! Sex Workers at AIDS 2014 Downloadable here
• Key Issues: Sex Worker Policy Issues in Australia - a briefing sheet from our National Forum 2014 Downloadable here

Attention Sex Worker Peer Educators!

Find out more about the Scarlet Alliance National Training and Assessment Program. The program has two parts - a self paced Peer Educator Online Learning process for new Peer Educators and a Diploma of Community Development assessment process for those with at least twelve months sex worker Peer Education experience. Find out more here.

Have you seen Scarlet Alliance's key policy document drawing together research and information to inform sex work policy development in Australia?

Downloadable here

The Principles for Model Sex Work Legislation brings together current research and information across nine comprehensive chapters covering everything you need to know about sex work policy and regulation. update is the result of sex worker community consultation, is produced by sex workers and includes quotes and content that ensure sex worker voices are heard in policy development considerations. Chapters include: • Addressing myths and stereotypes about sex work
• Decriminalisation is the optimal model for sex work legislation
• Industrial rights and occupational health and safety
• Health promotion and peer education
• Sexually transmissible infections and HIV testing and criminalisation
• Human rights and anti-discrimination protection
• Migration, mobility and freedom of movement
• Local planning and sex industry businesses
• Sex workers as experts: Consultation, inclusion and self-determination.

Each chapter is accompanied by a printable fact sheet with a summary of the issues and recommendations for reform.

Newly updated pages on the Scarlet Alliance website

Are you a sex worker?

Are you a sex worker wanting to increase your sex worker social networks, know where to go for services, get information about your rights and responsibilities as a sex worker, get an Ugly Mugs update or access peer support? Contact your local sex worker organisation.There is a sex worker organisation or project in each state and territory of Australia. Peer Educators provide information with the knowledge and experience of having worked as a sex worker.

Translated information section of this website now live. Available in Thai, Chinese and Korean

South Australian Law Reform- Decriminalisation Bill due to be introduced in 2015

MEDIA: Rally held at Parliament House 5th June,2014. Many local South Australian sex workers including representatives from SIN, SWAGGER and Scarlet Alliance rallied in support of the pure decriminalisation bill.

Sex workers gather at Parliament House International, Adelaide

Sex work is currently criminalised in South Australia under laws contained in the Summary Offences Act 1953 and the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935. Currently sex workers in South Australia work in fear of the police, without industrial or OH&S protections and are often forced to prioritise avoiding detection over utilising safety strategies.

In December 2014 a private members bill was introduced to the House of Assembly, by the Hon Stephanie Key, Member for Ashford, which seeks to decriminalise all forms of sex work, include sex work in anti discrimination protections and ensure existing sex work related convictions are wiped from peoples records. Join the FB group to keep up to date and find out how ways you can get involved in supporting Decriminalisation in South Australia!

Campaign in Western Australia

People for Sex Worker Rights in WA | Promote Your Page Too

You may have heard about the ongoing debacle of law reform in Western Australia. First the ALP introduced licensing, which failed. Then the ALP introduced Decriminalisation, which was blocked post-election by the state Governor. Now the Liberals want to re-introduce the ALP licensing bill. Sex workers have been denied a fair say in WA about the law reform changes we would prefer. During the first ALP law reform campaign, which saw a licensing bill fail, the sex worker organisation (Phoenix) was undermined and lost its peer staff. WA no longer has a funded peer organisation. To contact the sex worker volunteers who are the voice of the movement in WA, join their face book group (left).

WATCH Scarlet Alliance CEO Janelle Fawkes explain the role of Peer Education in HIV prevention

HIV IS A VIRUS NOT A CRIME - jailing sex workers living with HIV is a travesty of human rights. The recent arrest of a Melbourne sex worker living with HIV is against all good health policy and is not supported by evidence regarding HIV transmission in Australia

updated February 4 2016