Sex Work Law Reform Victoria News and Media

1 June 2020

The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) publishes our submission 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. 

Read our submission

OVIC Explainer on Proactive and Informal Release of Documents

20 May 2020

"It’s sex discrimination: banks strip brothels and escort agencies of their rights". Amber Shultz from reports on the extent of financial discrimination against the sex industry and the surprising way in which the financial services industries so open about the discrimination. 

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27 March 2020

" ‘I’m clean and safe’: Brothels close but sex workers still ply trade". Farrah Tomazin from The Age writes about how Victorian sex work laws and coronavirus restrictions intersect to permit many sex workers to continue to operate during a pandemic.

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4 March 2020

City of Port Phillip council passes a Motion to support the decriminalisation of sex work. Councillor Tim Baxter tables the Motion which easily passes with only one vote against. A sex worker from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria proudly speaks in support of the Motion. 

Although state/territory governments legislate to change sex work laws, local governments are key and influential stakeholders responsible for approving brothel locations and managing areas where street-based sex work occurs.  This include providing bins, public toilets and managing traffic flow in areas of street-based sex work.

Read Councillor Tim Baxter’s sex work decriminalisation Motion