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Prostitution in Australia

- Favorable Legal Situation

Prostitution itself is not illegal in Australia. However: Street prostitution is illegal in New South Wales and Queensland (though not for the client) and allowed in Victoria if it doesn't happen near schools, churches or hospitals. New South Wales and Victoria allow licensed brothels.

Queensland (QLD) prostitutes (male or female) have been allowed to work out of a residential or commercial property provided that no more than one person is working from each location for several years now, this includes outcall services. Recent changes brought in by the Beattie Labor Government mean that "Boutique Brothels", no more than 5 staff at a time and only 20 staff all up, are legal - they have to be licensed and be in commercial areas away from schools, churches and hospitals and city or shire councils can oppose a license being issued. The single person operations remain legal. The police do not conduct sting operations.

The massage parlours in NSW usually require regular health checks from their employees, as do the licensed brothels in Victoria. Working conditions in these brothels seem to be rather poor: the women are bound by a large set of house rules, cannot reject clients and are required to sign a contract waiving their civil rights and entitlement to health and safety protection.

Police back brothels In Western Australia
(Note each Australian State has own laws which vary but private prostitution is legal in all the States but laws regarding brothels vary. Currently in the state of Western Australia only one person brothels are legal but that may be changing).

August 13, 2007
POLICE have welcomed proposals to decriminalise and regulate WA brothels, in a move due to be debated in State Parliament in the next month. WA Attorney-General Jim McGinty will introduce legislation into State Parliament when it resumes next week which would allow brothels to operate legally. Prostitution is not prohibited in WA but it is illegal to manage a brothel and live off the earnings of prostitution. The laws are archaic and need to be changed, Mr McGinty said. "Prostitution is an unfortunate fact of life,'' Mr McGinty said.

"The new laws which we will be introducing to parliament in the next month will see brothels regularised, to the extent that we accept the reality that they are there and what we want to do is give local government the power to regulate where they are located and how they operate. "We want to give the police the power to properly control activities that might be crime-related but most importantly we don't want the absurd situation of the police being required to turn a blind eye to any illegal activity.