In Victoria, sex work is only legal if it takes place within certain areas, such as industrial precincts (Sex Work Act 1994).
The Victorian Government, through the Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill, is seeking to expand where sex work can legally operate. Under the changes, sex work will be allowed to operate on public streets, in residential, retail and commercial areas.
Council holds concerns that the proposed changes will negatively impact the community, especially businesses, families and children.
Council is also concerned that the proposals will not achieve the worthy goal of increased safety for sex workers and will instead result in reduced police, health and counselling resources for sex workers.
Council is of the view that the Government’s consultation process for these proposed changes was insufficient. Whilst Council has no authority in relation to this issue, we believe it is our duty to make sure the voice of our community is heard and so we are inviting you to complete a brief survey.
This proposed legislation change is complex, and we encourage you to read the following background information before completing the survey.
- Decriminalising sex work in Victoria | Victorian Government
- Council's submission on decriminalising sex work in Victoria
The Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill 2021 is a State Government responsibility and is currently before the Victorian Parliament.
It is likely the Bill will be passed during the consultation period, however given the community was not provided with sufficient opportunity to have a say, results from community feedback will be provided to the Victorian Government for consideration as part of any potential future amendments.