will require this licence if you intend to operate or have a financial
interest in a brothel or escort agency in Victoria.
When you apply for a sex work service provider's licence, you must specify
whether you will be operating a brothel, an escort agency or both. Any person
with a financial interest in the business will need to be licensed.
A brothel is a business premises where sexual services (sex work) are
offered for payment or reward. Brothels must have a planning permit issued by
the local council to operate. Only licensed sex work service providers can
apply for a planning permit, unless they are exempt under the Act.
Escort agencies provide clients with escorts for the purpose of sexual
services (sex work). Escort agencies arrange meetings at a place other than
their place of business.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
eligible for this licence, you must:
- Apply as an individual or partnership (a licence cannot be held by a
company or other body corporate);
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Be a suitable person to trade as a sex work service provider;
- Not have been found guilty or convicted of an indictable offence in the
last five years (or have an individual or body corporate associate
- Not have had a sex work service provider's licence cancelled in the last
- Not be insolvent under administration; or
- Not be a represented person within the meaning of the Guardianship and
Administration Act 1986.
In addition, the Authority considers the following before granting this
- Are you and any associates of good repute, taking into account character,
honesty and integrity;
- Are you able to obtain adequate financial resources to ensure the
business' financial viability;
- Have you sufficient ability to establish and maintain a successful
- Can you ensure employees' occupational health and safety and comply with
prescribed requirements or restrictions set out in a licence; and
- Your proposed business structure so your associates, whether individuals
or bodies corporate, can be readily identified.
Check with your local council regarding individual planning permit
If you intend to operate the business as a partnership, each member of the
partnership is required to be individually licensed.
It is an ongoing requirement of this licence that you lodge an annual statement with an annual licence fee in the six weeks before the anniversary of the date you became licensed as a sex work service provider.
Brothels must be personally supervised by a licensee or an approved manager on the premises at all times when they are open for business.
Various signage and other requirements must be adhered to at all times.
Various offences are liable for prosecution under current legislation. Please ensure you are compliant with all national, state and local laws relevant to your business.
Licences are ongoing until suspended, cancelled or surrendered.
Brothel. Fees for 2016-17.
First year licence fee. Fees for 2015-16.
Annual licence fee. Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.
|Application||$3,192.80||Escort agency. Fees for 2016-17.
|Application||$6,385.60||Brothel and escort agency. Fees for 2016-17.
Apply to have conditions or restrictions varied or revoked. Fees for 2016-17.
lodge all forms and additional information directly with the Authority.
You will need to specify on the application form whether you are applying
for a sex work service provider's licence to run a brothel, an escort agency,
or both. If your application is accepted, you will then be required to attend
an interview, where you will be tested on your knowledge of the relevant
The time taken to process an application will vary according to individual applications.
Business Licensing Authority
Sex Work Act 1994 (Victoria)
Sex Work Regulations 2016 (Victoria)
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