You 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.
You do not require a licence if you intend to run a small owner-operated business with only one person (or two) acting as a sex worker in that business.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.