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.
What We Do
Sex Work Law Reform Victoria advocates for:
- the full decriminalisation of consensual adult sex work in the Australian state of Victoria
- the removal of institutional discrimination against Victorian sex workers
We recognise that sex work is work and that criminal laws should not be applied to activities conducted between consenting adults.
Fiona Patten and Lisa from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria interviewed on Australia’s only sex work radio show, Behind Closed Doors to talk about Victoria’s upcoming 2020 sex work inquiry. Interview broadcast December 2019.
Q: Isn’t sex work already decriminalised in Victoria?
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 laws. Read 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?
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?
Victorian Government Seeks to Amend Sex Work Laws in New Bill
The Consumer Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic) is scheduled to be debated in the Upper House in late November 2019. Sections 100-102 relate to sex work. We propose the withdrawal of these sections.
For more information, see the following page about the Bill:
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: 10 December 2019