Decriminalisation News

22 June 2020


Melissa Horne, MP appointed as new Minister for Consumer Affairs in Victoria. The role involves regulating and licensing sex work in Victoria. Ms Horne will consider Fiona Patten’s recommendations on how to decriminalise sex work from October 2020 onwards.

1 June 2020

The Victorian Government announces the selection of a new Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, with current Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton to become Police Commissioner on 27 June.

The views of Victoria Police and in particular the personal views of the Chief Commissioner will influence the government’s decisions on how to decriminalise sex work. 

4 March 2020

Leading sex workers’ rights activist Cheryl Overs is interviewed on ABC Radio National’s "The Religion and Ethics Report" to discuss the difference between the legalisation and the decriminalisation of sex work and what we can learn from the way other countries regulate sex work. 

Cheryl Overs teaches sex work policy and law at Monash University and co-founded the Prostitutes Collective of Victoria, Scarlet Alliance, and the Network of Sex Work Projects.

Listen to Interview on RN Website

1 March 2020

The Australian Banking Association’s new Code of Practice is released. The Code is a form of self-regulation by the banks requiring banks to treat their customers fairly. While there are some improvements benefiting disadvantaged bank customers, the new Code does nothing to end banking financial discrimination against the sex industry. The Code is reviewed every three years. 

Read Announcement from the Australian Banking Association website

15 February 2020


An effort to decriminalize sex work in Washington, D.C. faces unlikely opposition: Local sex worker advocates. Washington, DC sex-work movement experiences rifts as it tries to move from the fringe to the mainstream. Should a sex worker rights campaign prioritise resources or diverse representation?

Read Washington Post article

11 February 2020

Northern Territory formally announces the decriminalisation of sex work as Northern Territory Administrator, Vicki O’Halloran announces the assent of the Sex Industry Bill 2019 (NT). 

Read the 11 February 2020 Minutes of Proceedings

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