Key legislation



In Victoria, sex work is governed by the:

Sex Work Act 1994 (Vic) (“SW Act”);

Sex Work Regulations 2016 (Vic) (“SW Regulations”).

Throughout this chapter, penalties for offences under the SW Act or the SW Regulations are listed as the maximum penalty units or imprisonment.


For the financial year (1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017) the value of one penalty unit is $155.46. For more information, seeA note about penalty units”.

If you are charged with an offence, get legal advice as soon as possible.