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State by State Laws in Australia

Sex industry laws in Australia are determined by State and Territory Governments. 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 - Governed by the ACT Prostutition Act 1992. more...
  • New South Wales - Model of Decriminalisation since 1995, supported by 2016 Review more...
  • Northern Territory - Licensed under the Northern Territory Prostitution Regulation Act, law reform anticipated in 2015 more...
  • Queensland -  Licensed by the Prostitution Act (Ammended 2001, 2006 & 2009) more...
  • South Australia LAW REFORM STILL IN PARLIAMENT: Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2015 - Criminalised under the Summary Offences Act 1953 and the Criminal Law Consolidation Act (1935 - 1976) more...
  • Tasmania - Private work is legal, brothels are criminalised under Sex Industry Offences Act 2005 more...
  • Victoria - JUNE 2016: CHANGES TO ADVERTISING REGULATIONS NOW IN EFFECT Licencing System more...
  • Western Australia - Sex work itself is not illegal in WA,  but brothel work or working in pairs is. more...
  • Federal Laws - THE MOST 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...

Link to database of HIV laws across Asia. The data base is run by Asia Catalyst.

Public Submissions written or endorsed by Scarlet Alliance


Rose Alliance, Scarlet Alliance, ICW and INWUD Joint Submission: ‘Consultation seeking views on UN Women approach to sex work, the sex trade and prostitution’


Scarlet Alliance staff & Rani Ravudi, UN HIV Program Board Asia Pacific delegate 2015


Sex workers & supporters rally in Adelaide for law reform 2014


Scarlet Alliance National Forum Sydney 2013


Sex Worker Freedom Festival, Kolkata 2012


Melbourne Slut Walk 2011


Red Brolly Walk 2010


Scarlet Alliance offices in Surry Hills, 2009


Scarlet Alliance President Elena Jeffreys with Julia Gillard, 2008


International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2007


Campaign to stop discrimination in advertising 2006


Scarlet Alliance wins National Australia Bank award 2005


Sex workers protest in Bangkok, World AIDS Conference 2004


updated 17 April 2016