Small owner-operators (exempt sex work service providers)

Learn how to register a small owner-operated brothel or escort business in Victoria. Find out how to update your details and lodge your annual statement.

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Definition

Where only one person carries on business as a sex work service provider, they are exempt from requiring a licence. However, they must register their details with the Business Licensing Authority.

Small owner-operated businesses are not exempt if, for example, they:

  • have an arrangement with another person who refers clients to their business
  • refer clients to other sex workers not working in their business, or
  • are associated with another sex work service providing business (including another small owner-operated business).

A small owner-operated business is allowed to operate with a second sex work service provider and still rely on the exemption for small owner-operated businesses, provided that the second person is not employed by the small owner-operator.

Last updated: 28/11/2016

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