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, sought 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 invited the community to complete a brief survey between November 2021 and March 2022.

Background information

The proposed legislation change is complex. We encouraged all respondents to read the following background information before completing the survey.

The Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill 2021 is a State Government responsibility and was passed in February 2022.

Results from community feedback will be provided to the Victorian Government for consideration as part of any potential future amendments.