Registration of a Commercial Brothel or Commercial Escort Agency - Australian Capital Territory


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

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

Please note that you do not need this registration if you are an individual sex worker operating as a sole operator.

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
  • hold a National Police Certificate
  • ensure each person involved in sex work undertakes regular medical health check-ups
  • ensure no one under-age works in your establishment
  • only operate in the suburbs of Mitchell or Fyshwick if you operate a brothel (including those that also offer escort services).

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.


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 $388.00

Apportioned on a monthly part thereof basis if less than 12 months, with a minimum charge of $78.00. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $192.00

Annual return. Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Sex Work Act 1992 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Sex Work Regulation 2018 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Justice and Community Safety Directorate

Contact details

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