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


What is sex work?

Last updated

1 July 2021

The Sex Work Act 1994 (Vic) defines sex work as the provision by one person to or for another person of sexual services in return for payment or reward.

Sexual services include:

  • taking part with another person in an act of sexual penetration including oral, anal and/or vaginal sex;
  • masturbating someone, whether or not the genital part of his or her body is clothed or the masturbation results in orgasm; 
  • allowing someone to view or participate in acts of sexual penetration, masturbation or any form of physical contact that is sexual.
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