Submissions

Improving Responses of the Justice System to Sexual Offences

In 2020 the Victorian Law Reform Commission commenced a review “Improving Responses of the Justice System to Sexual Offences”. Our submission was one of two submissions that focussed on sexual offences committed against sex workers. We recommend ensuring sex work entrapment operations are made unlawful and call for a closer working relationship between government and the sex industry.

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Online Safety Bill 2021

The Australian Government sought submissions about the Online Safety Bill 2021 which seeks to regulate online content by removing online harmful content. The Online Safety Bill 2021 is almost identical to the Exposure Draft Online Safety Bill 2020. Our submission is critical of Part 9 of the Bill which contains broad powers to take down online pornography depicting consenting adults. 

View Submission 12 (Sex Work Law Reform Victoria)

Exposure Draft Online Safety Bill 2020

The Australian Government published an exposure draft bill which seeks to regulate online content by removing online harmful content. Our submission is critical of Part 9 of the Bill which contains broad powers to take down online pornography depicting consenting adults. 

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Financial Services Reform Taskforce – Enforceability of financial services industry codes

Banks still largely rely on a voluntary Code of Practice as a form of regulation. The existing Banking Code of Practice is seldom enforced and enables banks to discriminate against the sex industry. As part of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, our submission calls for tougher regulation of banks to ensure the existing Banking Code of Practice can be legally enforced.

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OVIC Investigation into the timeliness of Freedom of Information in Victoria

The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) is responsible for matters relating to freedom of information (FOI) in Victoria. In 2020, OVIC called for submissions to help identify Victorian government agencies that fail to process FOI requests in a timely manner. We identified the Department of Justice and Community Safety as an agency failing to process FOI requests in a timely manner. One FOI request took one year and ten days to process. We also provided an example of how FOI laws are a powerful tool for enhancing sex workers’ rights. 

Information Commissioner launches investigation into the timeliness of Freedom of Information in Victoria

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Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

We identify poor communication and a lack of communication about what coronavirus restrictions mean for the sex industry as ongoing problems. 

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Proactive and informal release of information in the Victorian public sector

The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) called for submissions regarding freedom of information and the proactive and informal release of government documents. Our submission is critical of the Victorian government’s approach to sex work laws and FOI laws. We used a case study to highlight a lack of transparency and lack of proper consultations with sex workers before amendments to the Sex Work Act 1994 were quietly passed in late 2019. 

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Inquiry into the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering the Donation Disclosure Threshold) Bill 2019

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters in the Federal Parliament called for submissions on a bill which sought to increase transparency around political donations by decreasing the donation disclosure threshold for political donations. Given that some banks with the means to make considerable financial donations to political parties are the same organisations discriminating against sex workers and sex industry businesses, we supported the bill in its aim to increase transparency of political donations. 

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Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria

Our submission argued that sex workers’ housing is rendered insecure by structural factors resulting from the interaction of rental laws, outdated sex work laws and anti-discrimination laws. 

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Inquiry into the Sex Industry Bill 2019 (NT)

Sex Work Law Reform Victoria makes a submission to the 2019 Northern Territory Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee in relation to the Sex Industry Bill 2019 (NT). We recommended amendments to make the Bill in line with the principles of the full decriminalisation of sex work

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Inquiry Into Sustainable Employment for Disadvantaged Jobseekers

In 2019 the Victorian Economy and Infrastructure Committee sought submissions as part of its inquiry into the social and economic benefits of seeking to place disadvantaged jobseekers into sustainable employment. Page 7 of the Committee’s report refers to SWLRV’s submission.

Sex Work Law Reform Victoria’s Submission (see submission #38)

https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eic-la/article/4181

Committee’s Report references SWLRV on page 7

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

In 2019 the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System sought submissions from organisations about ways to improve Victoria’s mental health system. 

Sex Work Law Reform Victoria’s Submission (submission #SUB.0002.0028.0381)

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Last updated: 11 April, 2021