Application for Approved Manager's Certificate - Queensland

Service summary

Holding a brothel licence authorises you to operate a brothel at which prostitution services are offered. At all times the brothel is open for business, the brothel must be personally supervised by the licensee or an approved manager.

You may only personally supervise a licensed brothel pursuant to this requirement if you hold an Approved manager's certificate for the particular brothel.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms


means premises made available for prostitution by two or more prostitutes at the premises (Prostitution Act Schedule 4).


a person engages in prostitution if the person engages, or offers to engage, in the provision to another person, under an arrangement of a commercial character, of any of the following activities

  1. sexual intercourse;
  2. masturbation;
  3. oral sex;
  4. any activity, other than sexual intercourse, masturbation or oral sex, that involves the use of one person by another for his or her sexual satisfaction involving physical contact (Criminal Code section 229E).

Eligibility requirements

As an applicant you must not be ineligible in terms of Section 34 of the Prostitution Act 1999 and must be a suitable person to be an approved manager of a licensed brothel in accordance with section 42 of the Act.


You cannot transfer this certificate.


This certificate will remain in effect for three years.


You can obtain in formation on fees from the agency.


Submit a completed application form and required fees to the Office of the Prostitution Licensing Authority (PLA).

The application kit, which includes application forms and a guide booklet, is available by contacting the Authority, or from the PLA website.

As an applicant for an approved manager's certificate you are subject to extensive vetting and you should expect that the process will take some time to complete.

Other fees may apply.  For full information, you can contact the Prostitution Licensing Authority or refer to Schedule 2 of the Prostitution Regulation 2000.

As an applicant you will be interviewed personally during the vetting process and will be required to attend at a police establishment and/or the Prostitution Licensing Authority to provide your identifying particulars. The Authority will refuse to consider your application if you do not consent to providing those particulars.

You will be asked to supply further information in support of your application, including information about family members and business associates. If you fail to provide such information you will be deemed to have withdrawn the application.

Additional information

Information regarding the fee structure is available from the Prostitution Licensing Authority website.

Administering agency

Attorney General and Minister for Justice
Prostitution Licensing Authority

Act(s) name

Prostitution Act 1999 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Prostitution Regulation 2014 (Queensland)

Contact details

Attorney General and Minister for Justice
Prostitution Licensing Authority

Operating address:
Level 3, 5 Gardner Close
Queensland 4064
Mailing address:
GPO Box 3196
Queensland 4001






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