Useful links

Victorian Sex Work Review

In 2020 Fiona Patten MP will head a review into Victoria’s sex work laws.

Official sex work review website

Sex Worker Organisations

Scarlet Alliance (Australian Sex Worker Association)

New Zealand Sex Workers’ Collective

Sex Worker Media

Behind Closed Doors

(Australian sex work radio show on 3CR)

Behind Closed Doors on Apple Podcasts

Law Reform

Victorian Pride Lobby

Victorian Law Reform Commission

Liberty Victoria

Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy Initiative

Politics

Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)

Government

Business Licensing Authority
(Victorian government agency that regulates and licenses sex work)

Victorian Parliament
(has the power to reform Victoria’s sex work laws)

Legal Guides

Anti-Discrimination Law Guide

(published in 2019 by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission)

Legislation Online Bookshop

Publication Online Store

(purchase hard copy Victorian legislation, Acts, Regulations etc.)

© Sex Work Law Reform Victoria 2020

Last updated:  20 October 2020

Banking

Australian Banking Association

(represents 22 of the largest banks in Australia)

Australian Financial Complaints Authority

(makes determinations regarding complaints about banks)

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

(assists small businesses to resolve disputes with other businesses)

Courts

Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
(sex work offences heard here)

Sentencing Advisory Council
(Court outcome statistics for street sex work offences)

Tribunal

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

(Tribunal where brothels can contest licensing and council planning decisions)

Police

Sex Industry Coordination Unit (SICU), Victoria Police

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) deal with human trafficking in all industries

Workplace Relations

Fair Work Australia 

(Distinguishes between independent contractors and employees in employment law)

Tax

The Australian Taxation Office 

(Provides information on GST responsibilities for the sex industry)

Sex Industry

EROS
(Australian association representing, among others, brothel and escort agency owners)

Sex 69

(An new online project exploring Australia’s ‘underground’ Adult retail industry, starting in 1969 and evolving until today)

Human Rights

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC)

VEOHRC Submission to Victoria’s Sex Work Review 2020

Amnesty International
(endorses the full decriminalisation of sex work)

The Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights

(part of Monash University)

Expungement Legal Service

(free legal help for people found guilty of historical homosexual offences)

Victorian Pride Centre

Academic – Course Work

Graduate Certificate in Sex, Health and Society

(Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society offers this course via La Trobe University. Part time, four subjects over two semesters)

International

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)