Decriminalisation of sex work

On 13 August 2021, the Victorian Government announced that it is seeking to decriminalise sex work. The first stage of this process likely to begin in 2022.


Suzan Gencay


Key legislation related to sex work

Last updated

1 July 2021

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 2021 to 30 June 2022, one penalty unit (pu) equals $181.74 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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