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Brothel Licensing Not Supported By IPART Final Report

 “The thirty year experience of our organisation in peer based outreach and education in NSW has shown us that decriminalisation is the optimum legal working framework for sex work and sex premises. We welcome the final report of the NSW IPART review flagging that “alternatives to licensing may be more appropriate to address the NSW government’s policy objectives” knowing that the only practical alternative is the current model of decriminalisation.”                                                                                                         Cameron Cox, CEO, SWOP NSW

IPART’s Final Report on Reforming Licensing in NSW, which recommends reforms for licensing across many industries in NSW. The report does not recommend the introduction of a licensing scheme for the sex industry, noting that “any proposed licensing scheme for the sex services industry should be assessed using the Licensing Framework to determine whether it is an appropriate government response to address the policy objectives."        

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Information Pack on NSW Inquiry into the Regulation of Brothels

You may have heard about the inquiry being conducted in NSW on the regulation of brothels.

A Select Committee on the Regulation of Brothels has been established and will examine and report around the 12th November on:

(a)  The current extent and nature of the brothel industry in New South Wales;

(b)  Current regulation of brothels in New South Wales and other states;

(c)  Penalties and enforcement powers required to close illegal brothels;

(d)  Options for reform including a scheme of registration or licensing system for authorised brothels;

(e)  The protection of sex workers, including issues around organised crime and sex trafficking;

(f)  Options to maintain the high level of public health outcomes;

(g)  Residential amenity and the location of sex services premises;

(h)  Any legislative changes that may be required; and


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SWOP Downloadable Resources

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