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State by State Laws in Australia

Sex industry laws in Australia are determined by State and Territory Governments. ACT, WA, Tasmania, South Australia and NSW are all currently reviewing their sex work laws. Qld, Victoria and Northern Territory have recently been through legislative changes. Federal laws criminalise 'trafficking' (with or without consent) and 'sex slavery' (regardless of sex workers' consent to such work conditions).


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  • Australian Capital Territory - Decriminalised by the ACT Prostutition Act 1992. CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW, NEW LAWS DUE TO HIT PARLIAMENT more...
  • New South Wales - Decriminalised since 1996. LICENSING REVIEW DUE TO REPORT more...
  • Northern Territory - Licensed under the Northern Territory Prostitution Regulation Act more...
  • Queensland -  Licensed by the Prostitution Act (Ammended 2001, 2006 & 2009) more...
  • South Australia LAW REFORM BILL WILL BE BEFORE PARLIAMENT IN WEEKS - Criminalised under the Summary Offences Act 1953 and the Criminal Law Consolidation Act (1935 - 1976) more...
  • Tasmania - LAWS REFORM STILL UNDERWAY Private legal, brothels ciminalised under Sex Industry Offences Act 2005 more...
  • Victoria - NEW POLICE POWERS NOW IN PLACE Licensed under the  Sex Work Act 1994, Sex Work Regulations 2006, Sex Work (Fees) Regulations 2004 and the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 more...
  • Western Australia - LICENSING LAWS EXPECTED BEFORE PARLIAMENT IN COMING MONTHS currently sex work is not illegal in NSW,  but brothel work or working in pairs is. more...
  • Federal Laws - THE MOSE RECENT FEDERAL LAWS WERE PASSED IN 2012 Migration of sex workers is criminalised in the Criminal Code (Trafficking in Persons Amendment 2005 & Sexual Slavery Amendment 1999)more...

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updated April 13th, 2013