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Important Note: The following information is not legal advice

You should not act solely on the basis of the material in this book. It is presented for the purpose of providing information and is not a substitute for independent professional, legal or medical advice. You should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes, and should obtain any appropriate advice relevant to their particular circumstances.

Changes in legislation may occur quickly. We recommend that formal advice from a solicitor or legal advisor be sought before acting in any of the areas mentioned. SWOP does not accept any liability for any illness, loss or damage incurred by use of, or reliance upon, the information on this site. The following legal information was correct at June 2010.

The information in this book applies to people working in the sex industry in NSW only. Workers in other states should contact their local sex worker project for information and referral.


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SWOP would like to thank Shopfront Youth Legal Centre, Inner City Legal Centre, HIV/AIDS Legal Centre and the City of Sydney for their involvement in this project. SWOP would also like to acknowledge the support of the Law Society of NSW Public Purpose Fund.

This information has been produced with the financial assistance of the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW. The Foundation seeks to advance the fairness and equity of the justice system and to improve access to justice, especially for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

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Disclaimer: any opinions expressed on the following pages are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Law and Justice Foundation's Board of Governors.