To find adult services near you, jump to our bottom section : Find Escorts, brothels and massage parlours near you. To learn more about the history, background and current laws of adult services in Australia read on.
Adult services including escorts and prostitute hire and erotic massages in Australia operate a little differently than the rest of the world. While the majority of US bans adult services, in Australia it is openly accepted and highly regulated in most states since 1995. In the eastern states including New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria sex work is legal and highly regulated. All other states, independent sex work is legal but brothels are illegal.
What Does This Mean?
Generally escorts and independent sex work including erotic massage services are legal in Australia in all states. Brothels are only legal in the eastern side states – that means New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and ACT. Obviously child prostitution, sex trafficking and sex slavery are illegal in all states.
Related: Newbies guide to visiting a brothel
Street prostitution are legal on commercial streets (in legal states) but are illegal in residential zones only in NSW. It is prohibited in all other states.
Below are the current laws regarding adult services and sex work in Australia:
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Legal law for adult services in Australia (Y=YES, Y* = Yes but under certain rules, N=NO)
Massage parlours, saunas, photo studios that are rented out for prostitution are illegal in all states.
Sex Worker Sexual Health
Contrary to popular believe, sex workers in Australia have better sexual health than the general population with STI amongst sex workers one of the lowest in the world. This is because of the requirement for protection
Sex Workers Are Smarter
One in four sex workers (25%) have a bachelor degree compared to the general population of 21%
Who Can Register to be a Sex Worker
A person needs to be over the age of 18 to be eligible to register as a sex worker.
*** TIP : If you’re curious about what goes on inside a brothel please visit our newbies guide to brothels article.
Below are links for various adult services in capital cities of Australia:
Find Adult Services Australia wide
For additional resources on health and education in the Australian sex industry please visit:
Resourcing health & Education – – Victoria
Resourcing health & Education (RhED) is a service for the sex industry in Victoria. The service provides site based and outreach services in collaboration with relevant programs and agencies.
RhED is committed to respecting and reflecting the needs of the sex industry, and actively promoting the rights of sex workers.
Australia’s largest and longest established community based peer education sex worker organisation focused on HIV, STI & hepatitis C prevention, education and health promotion for sex workers in NSW.
Scarlet Alliance – Australia Wide
Scarlet Alliance works towards sex worker rights (legal, health, industrial, civil) and uses health promotion approaches to achieve this. Scarlet Alliance promotes best practices including peer education, community development, community engagement and advocacy.