Introduction agents are no longer required to be licensed in Victoria.
Exceptions to the new arrangements for introduction agents apply if you fall into the category of a prohibited persons or corporation. In this instance you will need permission to operate.
An introduction agent is a person or company in the business of offering an introduction, matchmaking or dating service that aims to match or provide individuals details for personal relationships or social outings.
As an introduction agent you will need to familiarise yourself with all your legal obligations under current legislation. If you fail to comply with these obligations, penalties may apply.
Publishers of advertisements who publish or make available details of persons who are seeking a personal or social relationship with one or more other persons do not act as introduction agencies. This means advertising in any newspaper, magazine, or similar document, television, or radio.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible to act as an introduction agent, an individual must:
- Be over 18 years of age;
- Be solvent;
- Not found guilty of any serious offence within the last 5 years;
- Not found guilty of any prohibited introduction agent actions within the last 5 years; and
- Not be a licensee or approved sex work service provider.
To be eligible to act as an introduction agent, a body corporate must:
- Have the directors comply with above individual requirements;
- Not be an externally administered body corporate;
- Not found guilty of any serious offence within the last 5 years; and
- Not found guilty of any prohibited introduction agent actions within the last 5 years.
An introduction agency must not use or operate on a premises that is occupied by a sex work service provider.
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Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (Victoria)
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