Sex work was decriminalised in NSW in The NSW inquiry is run by the Select Committee on the Regulation of Brothels, which is chaired by barrister and Kur-ring-gai MP Alister Henskens, and it has pledged to examine the current regulation of brothels at local and state government levels and the demarcation of responsibilities. It will also explore the health, social and planning challenges brothels present and possible options to reform the current system, which could include licencing or registration for legal brothels.
The inquiry will also consider the protection of sex workers and take into account sex trafficking and organised crime, the location of sex service premises including their proximity to homes, schools and playgrounds and the penalties and powers needed to shut down brothels. The most famous case is Hornsby Council in Sydney, which used a private investigator to go undercover inside premises and have sex with a prostitute to prove it was operating as an illegal brothel.
The judge dismissed the case, arguing that there was insufficient evidence to prove that the premises was a brothel because the council had not shown that more than one prostitute was operating from the building.
The NSW parliamentary inquiry into the regulation of brothels is open for public submissions until August 19 and the report is due by November Email will not be published required. Leave this field empty. One Response to Sex work: Angelina Jessica December 16, at 6: If you work in a licensed brothel- the brothel itself registers under the licensing system i.
This means the place you work from has requirements outlined in the Planning and Environment Act and requires a planning permit issued by the Council for it to be a licenced brothel. Councils primarily monitor compliance with planning requirements. Currently brothels are limited to 6 rooms Sex Work Act Some older brothels, established before June , are larger.
You have the right to refuse to see a client if you think the situation is unsafe or you think the client may be violent. The Public Health and Wellbeing Act states that sex workers must be provided with a free supply of condoms and lubricants at no charge in a brothel.
Public Health and Wellbeing Act The proprietor of a brothel must provide clean linen and showers and baths with a continuous and adequate supply of hot and cold water for the use of you and your clients Public Health and Wellbeing Act Unless your own client has just used it, you are not required to clean or disinfect a bath or shower in a brothel.
If you do clean or disinfect the bath or shower your client just used - you must be provided with protective clothing. Apart from this circumstance you are not required to clean any bath, shower, toilet or spa unless you are employed as a cleaner Sex Work Regulations You do, however, need a permit to operate a brothel granted under the Planning and Environment Act In the central business district bounded by Spring Street, Flinders Street, Spencer Street and Latrobe Street your business would need to be 50 metres away from the nearest residence.
The area must be zoned industrial. To find a place you often have to disclose the nature of the proposed business to real estate agents. You must tell the owner that you will be setting up a small owner operated brothel and you will need their written approval to use the building as a brothel.
Once you have this permission you need to apply for a planning permit from the Planning Department of your local Council. Planning permits applications are often rejected at this level.
If Council rejects the application you can appeal the decision at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. If you get a planning permit you register your name, date of birth, address, business name and address with the BLA as an exempt prostitution service provider. You can have one other sex worker working with you as an exempt provider but their details must also be registered with the BLA. There is no fee to register. The BLA will also want your planning permit number, the name and address of the owner of the building and the letter of approval from the owner.
Sex workers fairly commonly report receiving their SWA about a week after completing registration this is no guarantee and only based on anecdotal experience. See Section 23 of Sex Work Act for more about special provisions for small owner-operated businesses. You get your bookings from the agency, usually by phone.
When a client contacts the agency, the receptionist must describe you accurately so that expectations of you are in line with who you are. The licensee must make sure you are supplied with a one way or two way electronic device, such as a mobile phone, radio intercom or a buzzer so you can contact the licensee or approved manager at any time while you are working Sex Work Regulations You have the right to refuse a booking if you think the situation is unsafe or the client may be violent.
The agency should not force you to do the booking or fine or punish you for not doing a booking Sex Work Regulations Part 2. A small owner-operator escort service i.
If you are working with another sex worker ie offering doubles they need to register as well to comply with the law. In according to the BLA there were 1, exempt sex work service providers who operate their own escort agency, defined as an individual service provider or as an individual working with a maximum of one other person apart from themselves. Please Note Scarlet Alliance in no way endorses the individual registration of private workers - this information is provided to better enable Victorian sex workers to make an informed decision about their rights.
Scarlet Alliance continues to argue against the registration of private workers, as it is an infringement of human rights and privacy, and is in contravention of international health conventions including the Ottowa Charter.
To register you need to give your real name and address, any and all names and phone numbers you will be using in any advertising, a passport size photo of yourself and a photocopy of a true form of I. D signed by a witness. The information on the Register is not available to the public and can be removed on your request. Anyone who takes a cut of your booking money for finding clients risks penalties unless they have a licence as an escort agency.
It is also unlawful to provide sexual services to clients at your home or own premises unless you have a brothel licence see above or are approved as an exempt brothel see above section Sex Work Act Current police operations in St Kilda the main street based area target sex workers and clients. There are police in marked police cars as well as undercover police posing as both sex workers and clients.
There has been broad ongoing discussions about the decriminalisation of street based sex work for decades but no action from government....