Sex work service providers

Important note: The Sex Work Regulations 2016 commenced on 1 June 2016, replacing the previous Sex Work Regulations 2006. For more information, view our Sex Work Regulations 2016 - Legislation update.

Find information on the legal requirements for operating or managing a sex work business in Victoria. Learn how to apply for and maintain a sex work service provider licence, small owner-operator registration, or brothel manager approval.

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Small owner-operators - registration renewal/update

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Operating a licensed sex work business: Guide for licensees and approved managers

We have published this guide (online only) for licensees and approved managers of brothels and escort agencies to help you understand how the sex work industry is regulated, and comply with your legal obligations.

Note: this guide has been updated to include changes under the Sex Work Regulations 2016, which commenced on 1 June 2016.


These definitions are provided for your reference only:

    • Sex work is the provision by one person to or for another person of sexual services in return for payment or reward.
    • A sex work service provider is a person carrying on business of a kind referred to as a brothel and/or escort agency.
    • A brothel is any premises used for the purpose of providing sex work services.
    • An escort agency is a business that provides sex work services to persons at premises not made available by the agency.

For more definitions, view the Sex Work Act 1994 - Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.

Last updated: 23/03/2017

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