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Decriminalising sex work in Victoria

03 January 2024

The Victorian Government has decriminalised sex work to achieve better public health and human rights outcomes. As of 1 December 2023, all changes to the sex industry introduced by the Sex Work Decriminalisation Act 2022 will be in effect.

What decriminalisation changes

Following the passing of the Sex Work Decriminalisation Act 2022, The Sex Work Act (1994) and Sex Work Regulations (2016) have since been repealed and from the 1st of December 2023, the second and final stage of decriminalisation changes have been rolled out. You can find a copy of the Sex Work Decriminalisation Act below.

The decriminalisation changes have happened in two stages, with the first stage having taken place on 10 May 2022, and the second stage on 1 December 2023. To read more about the changes that occurred during each stage, see our Decriminalisation FAQs below.

You can also find answers to common questions about sex work and the sex industry in Victoria on the FAQs page below.

Victoria is only the 4th jurisdiction in the world to adopt a decrminalised model. Sex work is now regulated similarly to other Victorian industries by agencies such as Worksafe, Consumer Affairs, local governments, and the Department of Health.

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