The following is a list of the legislation that affects sex workers in Victoria:

Sex Work Legislation

Sex Work Act 1994 (Vic)

(all statutory sections relate to the sex industry)

Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)

(Only ss 60AB – AE relate to the sex industry)

Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic)

(Only s 18 relates to the sex industry)

Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic)

(Only ss 158 – 165 relate to the sex industry)

Sex Work Regulation

Sex Work Regulations 2016 (Vic)

(All statutory sections relate to the sex industry)

Sex Work (Fees) Regulations 2014 (Vic)

(All statutory sections relate to the sex industry)

Human Trafficking Legislation

Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)

(Please note that while each state has its own set of laws relating to sex work, human trafficking laws are federal laws and therefore apply to all states. This Act contains all human trafficking related offences including sexual slavery, servitude, forced labour, deceptive recruiting, debt bondage, trafficking of adults and trafficking of children. See ss 270.1A – 271.7)

Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic)

(only s 6 relates indirectly to the sex industry)

Local Government Planning Legislation

Planning and Environment Act 1967 (Vic)

(only s 126 relates to the location of brothels)

Sex Work Legislative Amendments

Sex Work Amendment Regulations 2017 (Vic)

(Minor administrative changes to the regulations)

Last updated: 18 March 2019