Key legislation

In Victoria, sex work is governed by the Sex Work Act 1994 (Vic) (“SW Act”), and the 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 term of imprisonment.


For the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, one penalty unit (pu) equals $165.22 under Victorian state law. For more information, see A note about penalty units” at the start of this book.

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