Street-Based Sex Work Laws

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Street-Based Sex Work

You are a street-based sex worker if you meet your clients in a public place (outdoors).

Key Point


In the ‘Law’ column below, SWA refers to the Sex Work Act 1994 (Vic).

Street-Based Sex Work – What’s Legal?




You can’t meet or talk to clients about prices or services in a public place

6 months’ jail or $6,671 fine

s 13(2) of SWA

You can’t talk to a client about prices and services in a church (or other place of worship), hospital or school

9 months’ jail or $14,507 fine

s13(1) of SWA


SWA = Sex Work Act 1994 (Vic)

Fines updated annually on 1 July


Last updated: 2 March 2019