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Penalties - sex work service providers

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As a sex work service provider, it is your responsibility to understand your legal obligations under the Sex Work Act 1994.

You must also understand your responsibilities under other laws that set rules for your business; for example, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012, which apply to all Victorian businesses.

You may be penalised for breaches of the Sex Work Act 1994. Some offences and their penalties are listed below.

We have a range of options to deal with breaches we identify. For more information, view our Compliance and enforcement policy page.

Monetary penalties under the Sex Work Act 1994 can be imposed by:

The value of a penalty unit is $158.57 for financial year 2017-18. This amount will change at the start of each financial year. For more information, visit the Indexation of fees and penalties page on the Department of Treasury and Finance website.

This table contains examples of common breaches of the Sex Work Act 1994 and the maximum penalties which apply: 

Section of the Sex Work Act

Obligation

Maximum penalty for breaching your obligation

17

You must comply with advertising requirements in the Act.

40 penalty units

20

You must not knowingly work as a sex worker while infected with a sexually transmitted disease.

20 penalty units

21

You must not sell, supply or consume liquor in a brothel.

100 penalty units

22

You must be licensed.

5 years' jail and 1200 penalty units

60A You must display prescribed sexual slavery signage in your premises. 10 penalty units

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