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

Contributor

Suzan Gencay

Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

Sex work: Contacts

Programs for sex workers

Dandenong Young Women’s Project
Tel: 9794 7366
Opening hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 5pm

This project is run by St Kilda Gatehouse. This is a women-only space. Please check with staff before visiting the centre.

Resourcing Health and Education in the Sex Industry (RhED)
10 Inkerman Street, St Kilda Vic 3182
Tel: 1800 458 752
Email: sexworker@sexworker.org.au
Web: https://sexworker.org.au

RhED provides a range of health, safety and legal information for sex workers in Victoria.

Scarlett Alliance – Australian Sex Workers Association
Tel: (02) 9517 2577
Email: info@scarletalliance.org.au
Web: www.scarletalliance.org.au

Scarlet Alliance is the national peak sex worker organisation in Australia.

St Kilda Drop-in Centre
At St Kilda Gatehouse, 12 Belford Street, St Kilda Vic 3182
Tel: 9534 2500
Opening hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 2pm to 5pm; Thursdays, 2pm to 6pm (includes a takeaway dinner)

St Kilda Gatehouse
12 Belford Street, St Kilda Vic 3182
Tel: 9534 2916
Email: info@stkildagatehouse.org.au
Web: www.stkildagatehouse.org.au

Legal assistance and information

JobWatch Employment Rights Legal Centre
Tel: 9662 1933, 1800 331 617 (country callers)
Web: http://jobwatch.org.au

St Kilda Legal Service 
161 Chapel Street, St Kilda Vic 3182 
Tel: 8598 6635
Email: info@skls.org.au
Web: www.skls.org.au

Victoria Legal Aid
Head office: Level 9, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel (legal help phone line): 1300 792 387
Web: www.legalaid.vic.gov.au

VLA has offices throughout metropolitan and country Victoria; see VLA’s website for addresses.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC)
Level 3, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: 1300 292 153
Email: enquiries@veohrc.vic.gov.au
Web: www.humanrights.vic.gov.au

Licensing, compliance and enforcement

Business Licensing Authority see Consumer Affairs Victoria
The Business Licensing Authority is now part of Consumer Affairs Victoria.

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV)
121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 1300 558 181
Web: www.consumer.vic.gov.au

Victoria Police
Contact your local police station
Web: www.police.vic.gov.au/location

Sexual health

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
580 Swanston Street, Carlton Vic 3053 
Tel: 9341 6200, 1800 032 017
Tel (HIV clinic for HIV positive people only): 9341 6214
Web: www.mshc.org.au

Family Planning Victoria
Action Centre clinic:
Level 1, 94 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9660 4700; 1800 013 952
Web: www.fpv.org.au

Box Hill clinic:
901 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill Vic 3128
Tel: 9257 0100; 1800 013 952 

Living Positive Victoria (HIV support service)
Coventry House, Ground floor, 95 Coventry Street, Southbank Vic 3006
Tel: 9863 8733
Email: info@livingpositivevictoria.org.au
Web: https://livingpositivevictoria.org.au

Thorne Harbour Health
(formerly the Victorian AIDS Council)

200 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford Vic 3067
Tel: 9865 6700; 1800 134 840
Web: https://thorneharbour.org

Nurse-On-Call
Health advice from a registered nurse, over the phone
Tel: 1300 606 024 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Workplace injuries

WorkSafe Victoria
Head office:
1 Malop Street, Geelong Vic 3220
Tel: 1800 136 089
Web: www.worksafe.vic.gov.au

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