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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, like our facebook page or follow us on twitter!
Find Scarlet Alliance on Facebook here.
To join Scarlet Alliance download the membership form or complete the NEW ON-LINE 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).

Want to know Why licensing will not work in NSW

Click here to view a one page document with key points explaining why.


The 2015 Scarlet Alliance Annual National Forum will be held in Sydney from 10-13th November, 2015.

Click here to go to the dedicated event page for information, a flyer and to review the agenda.
Parents and Carers attending National Forum:Applications for financial support to meet childcare costs close October 9th, 2015
If you are a member of Scarlet Alliance and also a parent and/or carer thinking of attending National Forum, you can apply for a small financial contribution to help you meet the extra costs associated with caring for your children while attending the forum. Applications close by 9th October 2015. Click here to download a document with more info and containing the short questionnaire to let us know what costs you are seeking help with.

Save decriminalisation in NSW for sex worker health and safety

A senate inquiry into sex industry regulation has been announced in NSW.
The inquiry will consider replacing decriminalisation with licensing, like in Victoria, and or giving councils stronger powers.

Scarlet Alliance and SWOP have developed a Info pack to assist sex workers and supporters to contribute to the process. DOWNLOAD SCARLET ALLIANCE INFO ON THE NSW INQUIRY

The Info pack includes the terms of reference, or scope of the inquiry, and the list of seven committee members from the electorates of Oxley, Gosford, Sydney, Summer Hill, Miranda, Holsworthy and Ku-ring-gai in NSW who will consider submissions received by August 19.

You can also access information on the NSW government website.

Submissions closed on August 19

Watch a short film by sex workers in NSW about decriminalisation.

Sign the petition to Save decriminalisation in NSW for sex workers Health & Safety

Pacific Sex Worker Network Statement Luanch

Sex Worker leaders from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia gathered in Sydney for the first planning meeting to form The Pacific Sex Worker Networ. Other Pacific countries are encouraged to join. We are working toward a common goal of better representation of Pacific sex workers, and achieving decriminalisation of sex work in the Pacific. Downloadable PDF statement

New Reports on our publications page

Go straight to downloads

• Stepping up the Evidence on HIV and Sex Work: Decriminalise Sex Work Now! Sex Workers at AIDS 2014 Downloadable here
• Key Issues: Sex Worker Policy Issues in Australia - a briefing sheet from our National Forum 2014 Downloadable here

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.

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.

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

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

MEDIA: Rally held at Parliament House 5th June,2014. 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

People for Sex Worker Rights in WA | Promote Your Page Too

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

updated 10 August 2015