Sex work industry review (R 80)
In August 2021, the Attorney-General asked us to conduct a review and recommend a framework for a decriminalised sex-work industry in Queensland.
Our report was tabled in Parliament on 24 April 2023. Guided by the key principles of safety, health and fairness, the QLRC’s report makes 47 recommendations for a decriminalised sex work industry in Queensland and provides a framework for implementation.
Our recommended framework treats sex work as work, not as a crime. It aims to regulate sex work as far as possible under the same general laws and in the same way as other work. Our review found that this is a better way to enhance safety, promote health and protect the human rights of people working in the industry.
Terms of Reference
The final report was published in two volumes together with a summary report and two diagrams that explain our recommended framework.
- A decriminalised sex work industry for Queensland - Volume 1
- A decriminalised sex work industry for Queensland - Volume 2
- Our recommended framework
- Legal framework for a decriminalised sex-work industry based on safety, health and fairness
On 24 April 2023, the Government indicated its broad support for the recommendations and announced its commitment to decriminalising sex work in Queensland.
The Child Protection (Offender Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2023 was enacted on 1 September 2023. The Act implements the QLRC’s recommendations to repeal police powers under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 that:
- authorise police to use controlled activities, controlled operations and surveillance device warrants to covertly investigate sex work related offences (recommendation 5), and
- allow a police officer to give a move-on direction if they reasonably suspect a person is soliciting for sex-work (recommendation 2–in part).