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.

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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.

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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.

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Information and enquiry service

Individuals, employers and business operators can access the Commission's statewide telephone information and enquiry service.

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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.

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