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Scarlet Alliance Australian Sex Workers Association

Scarlet Alliance 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, join our facebook page or follow us on twitter!
To join Scarlet Alliance download the membership form
To join the Scarlet Alliance FaceBook Group, link here.

Scarlet Alliance recognise that Australia is a colony 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).

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.

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.

Sydney Sex Worker Flash Mob uniting sex workers and supporters around the world

Organised by a loose collective of sex workers to contribute to the global event by PION (Prostitutes Interest Group Norway) who also toil under that dreadful Swedish (criminalise clients and all third parties) model. The theme, embellished in Oz by us with "sex workers have a heart", loosely equates to equality for all women, including sex workers on this International Women's Day. It is yet another opportunity for us to demand sex work be recognised as work with equal respect and equal rights to other forms of employment and of course, to raise our voices (and our red umbrellas) for our universal cry for decriminalisation of sex work.

Date: Saturday 8 March, Time: Gather at 1430hrs for quickie rehearsal and showtime at 1500hrs

Location: Front of Museum of Contemporary Art - just look for the red umbrellas

What to wear/bring: Wear red and bring a red umbrella and supportive friends. AND bring any sex worker rights placards you have.

Scarlet Alliance National Forum November 2014 to be held in Melbourne

Conference venue options are currently being reviewed. We will be adding more details to this space throughout the year.

On 26th February the European Parliament voted support for a report that recommends a criminalisation approach to sex industry regulation for EU countries

Scarlet Alliance has put out a media release denouncing this decision and standing in solidarity with sex workers throughout Europe who did not support the Report See the Scarlet Alliance comments

Or view Spanish translation

Find out more about the Swedish Model of Sex Industry laws and how it undermines sex workers

A video by Carol Leigh interviewing Jasmine Jasmine and Dora 4-ever

Melbourne AIDS2014 July


Scarlet Alliance, APNSW and NSWP have applied to jointly host the sex worker networking zone - more details soon.

Sex workers attending the conference can stay in touch via - an email address managed by Scarlet Alliance.

The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) welcomes submission of abstracts for original contribution to the field in the following scientific tracks: Track A: Basic and Translational Research Track B: Clinical Research Track C: Epidemiology and Prevention Research Track D: Social and Political Research, Law, Policy and Human Rights Track E: Implementation Research, Economics, Systems and Synergies with other Health and Development Sectors

For detailed descriptions of each scientific track, please visit the track scope and objectives page. Please click here to view all abstract categories.

Abstracts may be submitted through a personal conference profile, until 6 February 2014 (23:59 CET).

Full submission guidelines are available here.

Abstracts submitted to the conference will go through a blind, peer-reviewed process carried out by an international review panel. Final selection of abstracts will be done by members of the Scientific Programme and Track Committees in April 2014. Notifica tion of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the submitting (corresponding) author by mid-April 2014.

The highest-scoring abstracts will be selected for presentation in Oral Abstract Sessions or Oral Poster Discussion Sessions. The majority of the selected posters will be displayed in the Poster Exhibition.

Young and/or less experienced abstract submitters may benefit from the Abstract Mentor Programme prior to abstract submission.

Tracy Connelly

Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association celebrates the life and memory of Tracy Connelly, a member of the street based sex worker community in St Kilda.

Her vibrancy and community spirit is a great loss to sex workers in St Kilda, in Victoria, and everywhere.

Scarlet Alliance will continue to support all moves to decriminalise street based sex work in Victoria; sex work is work. Tracy did not deserve to die, no sex worker should be put in danger at work due to laws that do not recognise our profession. Sex workers and supporters will continue to remember her life and strive for a time when violence against sex workers is a thing of the past.

South Australian Law Reform-Decriminalisation Bill WONT BE VOTED THIS Parliamentary SITTING

MEDIA: Pure Decriminalisation of Sex Work Bill has been tabled in South Australia however won't be voted on in this parliamentary sitting

MEDIA: Rally held at Parliament House 5th June. 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.

On the 16th of May 2013 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 for people over 18, include sex work in anti discrimination protections, ensure existing sex work related convictions are wiped from peoples records.

The Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2013 didn't make it to the vote.

Click here to see the proposed Bill which is in parliament now.

Join the FB group at to keep up to date and find out how ways you can get involved in supporting Decriminalisation in South Australia!

Sex Workers Continue Protest In Western Australia against Barnetts Bill May 2013

Protests held in all Australian Capital Cities in solidarity with the International Day of Protest against the violent Abuse and Murder of Sex Workers.

Protests were held on Friday 19th July at 3pm in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin.

Click here to see the Scarlet Alliance Media Release for the event.

NEWS Canada - Supreme Court Justice Richard Wagner has denied several prominent sex worker groups the opportunity to intervene in the Bedford v. Canada appeal, to be heard at the Supreme Court of Canada on June 13th, 2013.

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

Campaign in Western Australia

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Information Pack on proposed Sex Industry Laws for WA

You may have heard about the laws changing for sex workers and the sex industry in WA. Parliament will consider the legislation later in the year


Our Annual General Meeting in November 2012 included a decision to change individual membership. There are now two categories. A free non-voting individual membership and a voting membership that costs $110 for three years membership. To join Scarlet Alliance download the membership form
Or find out more by clicking here

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


The following are a list of links to the amazing sex worker activism of NSW based sex worker Ally Daniel who passed away in 2011.

Ally Daniel presentation at NSW Parliament House, Nov 2010

Ally Daniel article for RhED Magazine #16

Today I chose to identify as a sex worker under my real name. Choosing to use my real name is liberating but also a risk…I risk what you may think of me, where and with who you may share that information with and how they may react to me; I risk future employment by telling you (a dilemma I have always been acutely aware of – how do I explain the past 12 years of employment?) This can pose a very real danger in many ways.

The most liberating and empowering experience I’ve had in applying for a job was recently when I was able to apply for a position at SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project). Part of the criteria for this position was ‘sex work experience’, so for the first time I was able to include my skills as sex worker in my resume and covering letter; for the first time I did not have to hide who I was or how I gained some of those skills; for the first time in a job application I could be "me"!

...I don’t hide my job because of my feelings about my work - I hide it because of your feelings about my work. It is your ignorance and feelings that victimises, humiliates and degrades me. It is your feelings that make me ashamed of who I am and what I do. I can’t hold my head up high and be proud of myself, until YOU allow me to do so.

It cannot be said enough: sex workers are people – they are your friends, your family members, they are wage earners, tax-payers and parents — and they deserve the same human rights as everyone else. Download PDF of full article

Ally Daniel quoted by Kate Holden in Meanjin 2011

"What other job can a woman walk into, with no recent references or work experience, get employed immediately, work flexible hours to suit her and her family, get a decent wage for a relatively short time at work and get paid cash in hand at the end of her shift so she can pay that very pressing bill the next day?" Link to full story

Ally Daniel academic publication "The sexual health of sex workers: no bad whores, just bad laws" 2010

"Sex workers are a group vilified, discriminated against and without many of the legal and social protections most people take for granted yet since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, sex workers in Australia have enjoyed extremely low rates of HIV transmission. Peer education and sex worker advocacy at individual and systemic levels are necessary to maintain these low rates of transmission." Download PDF

Ally Daniel comments for Scarlet Alliance's 21st Birthday

"“On this day we celebrate the 21st birthday of Scarlet Alliance and recognise we have achieved so much. No longer are we, as sex workers, the pariahs of society. Anti-discrimination legislation, decriminalisation in other states, along with sex worker input into HIV and Trafficking policy and funding are all still on our agenda in 2010. The next 21 years will see sex work further legitimised and put whorephobia in the same basket as racism, sexism and homophobia.”" Link to media release

updated 11 Nov 2013