Registration of a Brothel or Escort Agency - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this registration if you intend to operate a brothel or escort agency in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

A brothel is a premises used for the purposes of prostitution but does not include premises where accommodation is normally provided on a commercial basis. An escort agency is the business of arranging prostitution at premises other than a brothel. All premises used for the purpose of prostitution must be registered.

Prostitution is a provision of commercial sexual services. You can register as either a:

  • Sole operator, where a premises is used by an individual prostitute that is solely owned and operated by them; or
  • A commercial brothel / agency which is anything other than a sole operator premises.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must;

  • Hold no convictions for criminal offences
  • Ensure each person involved in sexual conduct undertakes regular medical health check-ups
  • Ensure no one underage intends to work in your establishment.

Please be advised you must also complete an annual report detailing the returns you have received from the operation of your brothel or escort agency.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


12 months.


Registration expires on 30 September each year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $349.00 -
Renew Renewal All $174.00

Annual return.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Prostitution Act 1992 ACT

Application process


You are required to submit a registration notice at least 7 days prior to operation.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

Business and Industry Licensing

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Business and Industry Licensing

Business and Industry Licensing

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 3000
Phone: 13 22 81
Website: Business (Opens in new window)