Key legislation

In Victoria, sex work is governed by the:

Sex Work Act 1994 (Vic) (“SW Act”);

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

In 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 2017 to 30 June 2018) the value of one penalty unit is $158.57. For more information, seeA note about penalty units”.

If you are charged with an offence, get legal advice as soon as possible (see Legal services that can help).