Victoria's regulation of sex work reduces harm, promotes public health, protects sex workers from violence and exploitation and minimises the impact on the community.
The Sex Work Act 1994 is the main statute governing prostitution. It imposes strict criminal controls to prevent child and forced prostitution, a licensing scheme to prevent criminal involvement in the ownership and management of businesses, and a planning system to determine the location of brothels.
The Sex Work Ministerial Advisory Committee is an independent statutory body. The committee's role includes advising the Minister for Consumer Affairs about issues related to the regulation, control and general operation of the sex work industry in Victoria.
Note: The Sex Work Ministerial Advisory Committee is currently not operating and the membership and chair positions are vacant.
Sex Work Ministerial Advisory Committee
GPO Box 123
Melbourne VIC 3001
03 8684 6499