Case Law

Courts, tribunals or other authorities make legal rulings involving the sex industry. Read about some notable cases below that highlight the manner in which the law treats sex industry workers

Banking Discrimination

NAB Closes Escort Agency Bank Accounts

The Facts

A licensed escort agency in Australia operated four bank accounts with the National Australia Bank. In 2019 the bank sent the agency a letter notifying the business of its intention to close all four accounts due to the risk of money laundering and human trafficking associated with the sex industry

The Parties

  1. Complainant: a legal escort agency
  2. Respondent: National Australia Bank

Who Decided the Case?

The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)

Date of Determination

12 May, 2020

The Determination

AFCA determined the bank was permitted to close the escort agency‘s bank accounts. 

Lawyer Geoff Roberson’s commentary on this Determination

AFCA’s Determination

Disability and Sex Work

NDIS Funds Can Pay for Sex Workers

The Facts

A disabled woman applied for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to pay for a sex worker for assistance with her sexual needs. NDIS declined to pay for such sexual services. The woman sought review at the Australian Appeals Tribunal, which ruled in her favour finding that the support she claimed, at the level claimed, was a reasonable and necessary support.

The NDIS appealed the matter to the Federal Court of Australia. 

The Parties

  1. Applicant: The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  2. Respondent: WRMF

Who Decided the Case?

The Federal Court of Australia

Date of Determination

12 May, 2020

The Order

The disabled woman won. The court dismissed the NDIS’ appeal. This meant that the commercial sexual services she requested from the NDIS were found, at the level claimed, to be a reasonable and necessary support. 

Read Disability Advocate Dr George Taleporos’ Opinion on Ruling

Read Order

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Last updated: 7 August 2020