Information in the public register
The Business Licensing Authority (BLA) Registrar maintains a public register of licensed sex work service providers and approved brothel managers.
For licensees, the information includes the:
- name of the licensee
- licence number
- business name(s)
- address of the premises where sex work service providing business is being carried on
- type of business
- licence status and annual statements lodged.
For brothel managers, the information includes the:
- name of the approved manager
- commencement date of approved manager.
Inspecting the register
The public register is available for inspection. To arrange an appointment to inspect the register, call the BLA on 1300 13 54 52. Calling this number costs the same as a local call. Additional charges may apply if you are calling from overseas, on a mobile or payphone.
There is a fee of $37.10 to inspect the licence and approvals register and obtain a copy of an entry in it. For more information, view our Fees and forms – Sex work service providers page.
The registers are only as accurate as the information provided to us. The BLA tries to obtain accurate and up-to-date information during and after the registration process.
There may be a short delay between when the BLA receives information and when you can see it in the register.
Decisions may be subject to review
Many of the BLA's decisions can be reviewed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). You can apply to VCAT to review the BLA’s reviewable decisions within 28 days of the date of the decision.
The register will reflect the BLA’s decision pending the outcome of the review, unless VCAT suspends the BLA's decision until the end of the review proceedings.
If you wish to use information from a public register in legal proceedings, obtain a Registrar's certificate by calling the BLA on 1300 13 54 52.
A full extract includes all current and historical information about a licensee. Full extracts of most of registers are available from the BLA Registrar for a fee.
Request bulk public register information
To request bulk public register information, you must set out the intended use in writing to the Registrar, who will take into account the purpose of the request in view of the strict requirements of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and relevant business licensing legislation. Fees may also apply.
The BLA will not release the information for use in direct marketing or similar commercial activities.
For more information, call the BLA on 1300 13 54 52.
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