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Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association is the national peak sex worker organisation in Australia.

This website is maintained by volunteer sex worker skills, energy and passion! To interact with us directly on social media, join our facebook page or follow us on twitter!
To join the Scarlet Alliance FaceBook Group, link here.
To join Scarlet Alliance download the membership form

Scarlet Alliance recognise Australia is a country built upon Aboriginal land, we pay our respect to the elders and custodians of this land, current, past and future, and stand in solidarity with the struggles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are a proud member of the Anwernekenhe National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV/AIDS Alliance (ANA).


SAVE THIS DATE: The 2015 Scarlet Alliance National Forum will be held from 10-13th November.

April 2015 By Election Results

We are excited to announce Kerrie Jordan was elected uncontested in the role of Secretary. The two doubles positions: Treasurer Double and General Member Double remain vacant due to lack of nominations.

Have you seen Scarlet Alliance's key policy document drawing together research and information to inform sex work policy development in Australia?

Downloadable here

The Principles for Model Sex Work Legislation brings together current research and information across nine comprehensive chapters covering everything you need to know about sex work policy and regulation. update is the result of sex worker community consultation, is produced by sex workers and includes quotes and content that ensure sex worker voices are heard in policy development considerations. Chapters include: • Addressing myths and stereotypes about sex work
• Decriminalisation is the optimal model for sex work legislation
• Industrial rights and occupational health and safety
• Health promotion and peer education
• Sexually transmissible infections and HIV testing and criminalisation
• Human rights and anti-discrimination protection
• Migration, mobility and freedom of movement
• Local planning and sex industry businesses
• Sex workers as experts: Consultation, inclusion and self-determination.

Each chapter is accompanied by a printable fact sheet with a summary of the issues and recommendations for reform.

Newly updated pages on the Scarlet Alliance website

Are you a sex worker?

Are you a sex worker wanting to increase your sex worker social networks, know where to go for services, get information about your rights and responsibilities as a sex worker, get an Ugly Mugs update or access peer support? Contact your local sex worker organisation.There is a sex worker organisation or project in each state and territory of Australia. Peer Educators provide information with the knowledge and experience of having worked as a sex worker.

Attention Sex Worker Peer Educators!

Find out more about the Scarlet Alliance National Training and Assessment Program. The program has two parts - a self paced Peer Educator Online Learning process for new Peer Educators and a Diploma of Community Development assessment process for those with at least twelve months sex worker Peer Education experience.Find out more here.

Translated information section of this website now live. Available in Thai, Chinese and Korean

On 26th February 2014 the European Parliament voted support for a report that recommends a criminalisation approach to sex industry regulation for EU countries

Scarlet Alliance has put out a media release denouncing this decision and standing in solidarity with sex workers throughout Europe who did not support the Report. See the Scarlet Alliance comments and the Spanish translation

We will not forget Tracy Connelly

Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association celebrates the life and memory of Tracy Connelly, a member of the street based sex worker community in St Kilda.

Her vibrancy and community spirit is a great loss to sex workers in St Kilda, in Victoria, and everywhere.

Scarlet Alliance will continue to support all moves to decriminalise street based sex work in Victoria; sex work is work. Tracy did not deserve to die, no sex worker should be put in danger at work due to laws that do not recognise our profession. Sex workers and supporters will continue to remember her life and strive for a time when violence against sex workers is a thing of the past.

South Australian Law Reform- Decriminalisation Bill due to be introduced in 2015

MEDIA: Rally held at Parliament House 5th June. Many local South Australian sex workers including representatives from SIN, SWAGGER and Scarlet Alliance rallied in support of the pure decriminalisation bill.

Sex workers gather at Parliament House International, Adelaide

Sex work is currently criminalised in South Australia under laws contained in the Summary Offences Act 1953 and the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935. Currently sex workers in South Australia work in fear of the police, without industrial or OH&S protections and are often forced to prioritise avoiding detection over utilising safety strategies.

In December 2014 a private members bill was introduced to the House of Assembly, by the Hon Stephanie Key, Member for Ashford, which seeks to decriminalise all forms of sex work, include sex work in anti discrimination protections and ensure existing sex work related convictions are wiped from peoples records. Join the FB group to keep up to date and find out how ways you can get involved in supporting Decriminalisation in South Australia!

Campaign in Western Australia

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You may have heard about the ongoing debacle of law reform in Western Australia. First the ALP introduced licensing, which failed. Then the ALP introduced Decriminalisation, which was blocked post-election by the state Governor. Now the Liberals want to re-introduce the ALP licensing bill. Sex workers have been denied a fair say in WA about the law reform changes we would prefer. During the first ALP law reform campaign, which saw a licensing bill fail, the sex worker organisation (Phoenix) was undermined and lost its peer staff. WA no longer has a funded peer organisation. To contact the sex worker volunteers who are the voice of the movement in WA, join their face book group (left).

WATCH Scarlet Alliance CEO Janelle Fawkes explain the role of Peer Education in HIV prevention

HIV IS A VIRUS NOT A CRIME - jailing sex workers living with HIV is a travesty of human rights. The recent arrest of a Melbourne sex worker living with HIV is against all good health policy and is not supported by evidence regarding HIV transmission in Australia


The following are a list of links to the amazing sex worker activism of NSW based sex worker Ally Daniel who passed away in 2011.

Ally Daniel presentation at NSW Parliament House, Nov 2010

Ally Daniel article for RhED Magazine #16

Today I chose to identify as a sex worker under my real name. Choosing to use my real name is liberating but also a risk…I risk what you may think of me, where and with who you may share that information with and how they may react to me; I risk future employment by telling you (a dilemma I have always been acutely aware of – how do I explain the past 12 years of employment?) This can pose a very real danger in many ways.

The most liberating and empowering experience I’ve had in applying for a job was recently when I was able to apply for a position at SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project). Part of the criteria for this position was ‘sex work experience’, so for the first time I was able to include my skills as sex worker in my resume and covering letter; for the first time I did not have to hide who I was or how I gained some of those skills; for the first time in a job application I could be "me"!

...I don’t hide my job because of my feelings about my work - I hide it because of your feelings about my work. It is your ignorance and feelings that victimises, humiliates and degrades me. It is your feelings that make me ashamed of who I am and what I do. I can’t hold my head up high and be proud of myself, until YOU allow me to do so.

It cannot be said enough: sex workers are people – they are your friends, your family members, they are wage earners, tax-payers and parents — and they deserve the same human rights as everyone else. Download PDF of full article

Ally Daniel quoted by Kate Holden in Meanjin 2011

"What other job can a woman walk into, with no recent references or work experience, get employed immediately, work flexible hours to suit her and her family, get a decent wage for a relatively short time at work and get paid cash in hand at the end of her shift so she can pay that very pressing bill the next day?" Link to full story

Ally Daniel academic publication "The sexual health of sex workers: no bad whores, just bad laws" 2010

"Sex workers are a group vilified, discriminated against and without many of the legal and social protections most people take for granted yet since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, sex workers in Australia have enjoyed extremely low rates of HIV transmission. Peer education and sex worker advocacy at individual and systemic levels are necessary to maintain these low rates of transmission." Download PDF

updated 16 April 2015