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

What is sex work?

Last updated

1 July 2020

The SW Act 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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