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.

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Suzan Gencay

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Sex work: Contacts

Programs for sex workers

Dandenong Young Women’s Project
Tel: 9794 7366
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 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
Email: info@stkildagatehouse.org.au
Web: www.stkildagatehouse.org.au

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 5pm; Thursday, 12pm to 6pm

Vixen Collective
Tel: 0414 275 959
Email: info@vixencollective.org
Web: www.vixencollective.org

Vixen Collective is Victoria’s peer-only sex worker organisation.

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: 7037 3200
Email: info@skls.org.au
Web: www.skls.org.au

Victoria Legal Aid
Tel (legal help phone line): 1300 792 387 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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)
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
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 

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
Tel: 1800 136 089
Web: www.worksafe.vic.gov.au

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