Department of Health and Human Services Victoria (DHHS)

The Department of Health and Human Services Victoria (DHHS), is responsible for enforcing the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic). The Act legislates for the storage of condoms in brothels and escort agencies. It requires each licensed brothel to be inspected by authorised DHHS officers at least every twelve months. Between 2009 and 2016 there were no recorded offences relating to sex industry businesses under this Act.¹

According to a statement² from DHHS:

‘Registered brothels generally have a high level of compliance with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. When areas for improvement are identified, authorised officers work with the respective brothel to implement the necessary recommendations and follow up inspections are organised to check compliance.’

Last updated: 5 September 2019

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