Decriminalising sex work in Victoria - Public consultation

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The Victorian Government has announced it will be decriminalising sex work.

The decriminalisation of sex work will:

  • remove offences and criminal penalties for consensual sex work in most circumstances. This will include abolishing offences for street-based sex work in most locations and repealing public health offences associated with sex work
  • remove the Sex Work Act 1994 and regulate the sex work industry through existing regulatory agencies
  • introduce related reforms to support decriminalisation. For example, planning, public health, and anti-discrimination laws.

Decriminalisation will remove licensing, approval and registration requirements for sex work service providers, brothel managers and small owner-operators to operate legally.

These reforms are subject to approval by Parliament. If they are passed, the reforms will come into operation progressively during 2022 and 2023.

There are no immediate changes to obligations and requirements for sex work service providers, brothel managers and small owner operators.

Public consultation closed

This public consultation closed on 27 August 2021.

We sought feedback on how decriminalisation should be implemented in the community and how it will affect your business.

We will consider the submissions received and publish the outcomes of the consultation on Engage Victoria.

More information

More information about the decriminalisation of sex work in Victoria can be found at