QLRC Review into decriminalisation of sex work in Queensland
On 27 August 2021, the Attorney-General Hon Shannon Fentiman referred the Decriminalisation of Sex Work in Queensland to the independent Law Reform Commission (QLRC) to undertake a review and draft legislation to decriminalise the sex work industry.
What the decrim review covers
The Terms of Reference sets out the parameters of the review i.e., what is covered and what is not.
On 11 April, 2022 the QLRC released a Consultation Paper on decriminalisation of sex work including a call for submissions. Submissions closed on 3 June, 2022. For more information on understanding the consultation paper, please read our Information Sheet.
What is decriminalisation?
→ Decriminalisation is the repeal of laws specific to sex workers or the sex industry.
→ Decriminalisation is not ‘no regulation’. When criminal laws are removed the same civil laws and regulations that apply to other businesses will apply to the sex industry, including Workplace Health & Safety (WHS).
→ Sex workers will have the same rights and responsibilities as other workers.
Like to know more? Take a look at this briefing paper by Scarlet Alliance.
We will be working to ensure that sex workers based in Queensland and who tour Queensland, have our voices heard.
Review period extended
In August, 2022 the report back date for the QLRC was extended from November, 2022 to 31 March, 2023. The report will make recommendations and provide drafting instructions.
Sex workers remain concerned over both the level of consultation with sex workers and sex worker organisations and that the review may not see the importance of removing sex work completely from the Criminal Code. These concerns are flamed by statements like this from the QLRC. “The review is based on a simple idea: regulating sex work as work, not as a crime. But working out the legislative details for this is a complex job. It requires us to identify:
- what should happen to each provision of the Prostitution Act, Prostitution Regulation and chapter 22A of the Criminal Code…”
#DecrimQLD & Respect Inc Joint Submission to the QLRC review
Take a look at our joint submission responding to the QLRC ‘A Framework for a decriminalised sex work industry in Queensland Consultation Paper WP 80’.
Our submission was respectfully informed by the lived experiences of sex workers in Queensland, as well as academic research, recent survey results, and community
This reform has the potential to be the most significant policy change for sex workers, our partners, friends, families and children to ever happen in Queensland whilst simultaneously resulting in very little change for most other community members. That sex workers in Queensland and our workplaces would no longer be criminalised but instead afforded the same workplace, health and safety rights as other workers is significant.
You can download the whole document or section by section.
Complete Submission Download
Events & More Information
Our team is excited to be hosting plenty of opportunities for our community to contribute to this space! Stay tuned for upcoming webinars, public events, and media coming up over the next few months.Follow us on Instagram!
We are committed to promoting the need for the QLRC to consult with sex workers who do not often have their voices heard.
- Every Wednesday in May 12-4pm sex workers are invited to join us in-person, online or by phone for submission assistance. Whether it is just a question about the process or help getting your experiences down in writing we are here to help.
- Tuesday 10 May starts at 10am (the second day of the Respect roundtable) sex workers can join in-person or online as we discuss decriminalisation, what it is and what it isn’t, how we make sure the benefits are available to all sex workers and information about the key topics in the discussion paper. Go to see the agenda.
- Friday 13 May 11am-12.30pm we invite other organisations and allies to join us for an information session with Jules Kim from Scarlet Alliance and Queensland speakers as we share information about key issues to consider in your submission.
- Wednesday 18 May 11am – 12pm Supporters are invited to a short briefing on what needs to go into your Decrim submission.
- Wednesday 25 May at 11am-12pm we will be presenting on the Community Legal Centres Qld webinar.
- Wednesday 25 May at 6-8pm sex worker submission writing help
Questions? Do you have a question about Decrim, the review, what sex workers need, or problems with what is proposed?