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Scarlet Alliance Annual National Forum, Melbourne, November 10-13

Held over four exciting days from the 10th to the 13th of November, the national meeting for sex workers packs in:

National Forum (sex worker only - free) Presentations, workshops, discussion, consultation, policy development, a panel of speakers, trends/changes/legal conditions across each state and territory, peer education and more. Agenda below.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) (Scarlet Alliance delegates and membership). Election of office bearers (executive committee), spokespersons, delegates to represent the organisation, reports from the executive committee, presentation of financial reports.Note all elected positions become vacant. See details below.

A red umbrella rally - Catani Gardens, St Kilda (sex workers and friends)

Half day anti-racism training

A fabulous sex worker party (sex worker only) A night of sex worker celebration, performances, DJs and presentation of prestigious awards including the WOTYS, and soooo much more.

If you would like to attend any of these events you can RSVP by contacting our Administration Officer at the Scarlet Alliance office 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Friday email admin(@) scarletalliance.org.au

Download National Forum Flyer here

2014 National Forum Agenda

More details on the workshops to follow:

Monday 10th November, 2014

12:00PM – 1:00PM Registration and Lunch

1:00PM – 2:00PM Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome and Orientation, Introduction and President Address, Scarlet Alliance overview

2:00PM – 3:00PM Elected spokesperson and representative reports
International, Male, and Trans and Gender Diverse (5mins each) followed by Governance Training

3:00PM – 3:30PM Afternoon tea provided

3:30PM – 4:15PM Panel (Sex Workers' Experiences of Criminalisation and Law Reform)
4:15PM – 5:00PM Panel (Sex Work Where We Are - Victoria)
5:00 – 6:00PM State Report Backs
ACT, NSW, SA, NT
6:00PM - Close

Tuesday 11th November, 2014

10:00AM - 11:00AM State Report Backs
QLD, VIC, WA, TAS
11:00AM - 11:30PM Report Backs
National orgs
Choosing discussion topic

11:30AM – 12:00PM Morning Tea provided

12:00PM – 1:00PM Workshop Session 1
1.Sex Workers Taking Over Academia
2.Migrant Sex Workers Respond to Trafficking Myths - Positively Reframing Trafficking Myths
1:00PM – 2:00PM Discussion topic 1

2:00PM – 3:00PM Lunch provided

3:00PM – 3:30PM Getting ready for rally

4:30PM – 6:00PM Red Umbrella Rally
Catani Gardens, St Kilda
Wear red and bring a red umbrella.
All sex workers welcome. Friends of sex workers are also invited to show support and join in this part of the program.

Wednesday 12th November, 2014

10:00AM – 1:00PM Anti-racism Workshop (with morning tea provided 11.30AM – 12.00PM)

1:00PM - 2:00PM Workshop Session 2
1.Strategies to Respond to Discrimination
2.Advocacy Inside and Outside the System

2:00PM – 3:00PM Lunch provided

3:00PM – 6:00PM Scarlet Alliance Annual General Meeting (members only)
Includes afternoon tea

Previous minutes
President report
Formal acceptance of new members
Treasurer report
Election of office bearers - Executive, spokespersons, delegates to AFAO
Outcome of elections


7.00pm- Midnight
SEX WORKER CELEBRATION & PERFORMANCE NIGHT (SEX WORKER ONLY) – including performances, DJs and WOTY Award.

Thursday 13th November, 2014

10:30AM – 10:4AM Morning Tea Provided

10:45AM – 11.45AM Workshop Session 3
1.Sex Worker Visions of Justice
2.Sex Worker Peer Education and Activism in Northern Australia
3.Sex Work and Body Image

11:45AM – 12:00PM Presentation on Key Outcomes of AIDS2014

12:00PM – 1:00PM Presentation on Current Issues Related to Biomedical HIV Prevention for Sex Workers

1:00PM – 2:00PM Lunch provided

2:00PM – 3:30PM Choose Discussion Topic 2
Discussion topic 2

3:30PM – 4:00PM Evaluation and close

National Forum finishes at 4:00pm

If you are planning to attend the National Forum and have childcare needs, please contact us ASAP on admin (@) scarletalliance.org.au.

NEW! Download the abstracts for the National Forum workshop sessions here.


Scarlet Alliance Red Umbrella Rally: Sex workers speak up!

Tuesday 11th November, 2014, 4:30 - 6pm, Speeches and performances from 5pm
Meet at: Catani Gardens, St Kilda

Join us in St Kilda to hear it straight from sex workers.

Victoria’s licensing regime harms sex workers.

Street sex work- still criminalised

Draconian laws prevent sex workers working how, when and where we want.

Police as regulators; unnecessary, barrier to justice.

Full decriminalisation is needed now for sex workers’ health and safety.

Hear more about sex workers experiences under these unjust laws

Hear what we need to support sex workers’ human rights and labour rights.

Sex Workers, friends, families and supporters all welcome.

Formal Notice of Annual General Meeting


Scarlet Alliance Annual General Meeting to be held in Melbourne
3pm, Wednesday 12th November 2014 All Members are invited to attend

If you intend to attend please RSVP via the survey monkey you should have received a link to in your email if you are a member. If you have not received the formal notice in your email and/or you are a new member wishing to attend the National Forum please contact the Scarlet Alliance Office for further information. (See Contact Scarlet Alliance in the left hand sidebar) Please note: the National Forum is a sex worker only space and excludes owners/operators. The information regarding venue is thus only available to sex workers past and present, who are not owner/operators.

Please Note: Following the constitutional changes made in 2012 it is required that all attendees to the AGM must be current Scarlet Alliance members (either non-voting/free membership or voting/paid membership). Membership forms to join or renew your membership can be found here.

During the AGM all current elected positions will be vacated and we encourage people who are interested in being a representative, spokesperson, executive committee member or double to nominate. There will be more information on what is involved in these positions at the National Forum or you could approach a current elected member to find out more.

This page was updated 31st October 2014