Inspections of sex work premises

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Victoria Police, Consumer Affairs Victoria and other regulatory authorities such as the Department of Health and Human Services and WorkSafe Victoria can inspect your sex work business and ask questions.

Licensees and approved managers who breach legal requirements can face:

  • licence suspension or cancellation
  • a fine imposed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
  • criminal prosecution.

Our inspectors make regular unannounced checks on brothels and escort agencies to ensure they are operating in compliance with the Sex Work Act 1994 and Sex Work Regulations 2016. These checks can be random or follow alleged breaches.

Inspectors will check your sex work premises to ensure it complies with the standards for signage and occupational health and safety.

Your brothel will be visited by Consumer Affairs Victoria – and you may also be visited by these agencies:

  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Centrelink
  • Child Support Agency
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Local councils
  • Victoria Police
  • Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
  • WorkSafe Victoria.