Decriminalisation of sex work

At the time of writing, the Victorian Government was conducting a review to consider the decriminalisation of sex work in order to achieve better public health and human rights outcomes


Suzan Gencay

Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

Key legislation related to sex work

Last updated

1 July 2020

In Victoria, sex work is governed by the Sex Work Act 1994 (Vic) (‘SW Act’), and the Sex Work Regulations 2016 (Vic) (‘SW Regulations’).

In this chapter, penalties for offences under the SW Act or the SW Regulations are listed as the maximum penalty units or term of imprisonment.

Penalty units

For the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, one penalty unit (pu) equals $165.22 under Victorian state law. For more information, see ‘A note about penalty units’ at the start of this book.

If you are charged with an offence, get legal advice (see Chapter 2.4: Legal services that can help).

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