Lawful sexual activity as a sex worker
The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person because of their lawful sexual activity.
Lawful sexual activity means a person's status as a lawfully employed sex worker, whether or not self-employed.
Lawful sexual activity discrimination examples
- A bank manager refused a loan to a sex worker to buy a unit, even though her income would cover the repayments.
- A school refused to enroll a child in the Prep year when it was found that the child's mother worked as a self-employed sex worker.
- A sex worker who tried to purchase goods from a grocery store was refused service and derogatory comments were made about sex workers.
Provision of accommodation for sex work
There is an exemption to the Act so that it is not unlawful to refuse to supply accommodation to a person (or evict them or treat them unfavourably in connection with the accommodation) if the person is using or intends to use the accommodation for sex work.
Information and enquiry service
Individuals, employers and business operators can access the Commission's statewide telephone information and enquiry service.
Making a complaint
Make a complaint to the Commission on the Complaint Form about lawful sexual activity discrimination.
The complaint must be lodged with the Commission within 1 year of the discrimination happening.
The Commission's service is free.