Who We Are

We are an independent non-partisan volunteer group led by sex workers, lobbying for the full decriminalisation of consensual adult sex work in the Australian state of Victoria.

Current Sex Work Laws

While current laws allow a minority of sex workers to operate legally, the majority remain criminalised. 

Why Do the Laws Need to be Changed?

We believe all workers deserve a safe and healthy work environment.

Victoria’s current sex work laws have a negative impact on the health and safety of sex workers. Evidence shows that the full decriminalisation of sex work is the best way to protect their wellbeing.

What We Do

Sex Work Law Reform Victoria advocates for:

We recognise that sex work is work and that criminal laws should not be applied to activities conducted between consenting adults.

"As a sex worker, I deserve to have my agency respected: not because I’m a sex worker, but because I’m a human."

Parker, 26


We oppose the set of sex work laws known as the Nordic Model (Swedish Model) . The Nordic Model  criminalises all clients of all sex workers.

Q: Isn’t sex work already decriminalised in Victoria?

A: No. Victoria has a licensing model of sex work laws, which differ significantly from the decriminalised model of sex work legislation. 

Q: Isn’t sex work already legalised in Victoria?

A: Yes and no. The existing Victorian laws are overly complex and criminalise most sex workers.

Q: What about human trafficking in the sex industry?

A: Sex work and human trafficking are entirely different. We condemn any form of human trafficking. Australia has in place powerful laws that criminalise human trafficking in all industries, including the sex industry. We support the current anti-trafficking lawsRead more on our Human Trafficking page.

Q. Doesn’t decriminalisation encourage more people to take up sex work?

No. Surveys showed that the number of sex workers in New Zealand remained static following the introduction of decriminalisation.

Q: Does decriminalisation allow human trafficking?

A: No. Human trafficking remains a criminal offence.

Q: Doesn’t decriminalising sex work lead to more human trafficking?

A: Not at all. Where sex work is mostly decriminalised, in New South Wales and in New Zealand, evidence shows no increase in human trafficking in the sex industry.

Q: Do we support the Nordic Model (Swedish Model) of criminalising sex work clients?

A: No. The Nordic Model (Swedish Model) of sex work is favoured by some anti-sex work activists and applies blanket criminal penalties to all clients of all sex workers. We view sex work as work and support Amnesty International’s view that full decriminalisation of sex work is the best way to prevent violence against sex workers. Sex workers across Australia strongly endorse full decriminalisation and report that it creates safer and healthier working conditions for sex workers.

Q: Are we mainly focused on reforming street sex work laws?

A: No. We advocate removing criminal penalties for all types of consensual adult sex work in Victoria. This includes brothels, massage parlours, escort agencies, private sex work and street sex work.

Play Video

In association with Sex Work Law Reform Victoria, film students at Deakin University present ‘Men at Work’, a six minute documentary about male sex work in Melbourne, Australia. The film tells the story of a young and determined male escort. For more information about this film, see the ‘Men at Work’ FaceBook page.

Last updated: 7 October 2019

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