Operate as an Introduction Agent - Victoria

Service summary

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.

Service type

Licence

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

Exemptions


Eligibility requirements

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.

Ongoing requirements

An introduction agency must not use or operate on a premises that is occupied by a sex work service provider.

Commencement


Other resources

Administering agency

Business Licensing Authority

Act(s) name

Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (Victoria)

Contact details

Registrar
Business Licensing Authority


Operating address:
113 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 322B
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Phone:

1300135452

Fax:

03 86840600
bla@justice.vic.gov.au

Website:

http://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/bla Opens in a new browser window

Supporting information

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