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Scarlet Alliance National Forum 2023 – Gadigal Land (Sydney)

8 November 2023 - 10 November 2023

Registrations for the 2023 Scarlet Alliance National Forum have now closed.

The Scarlet Alliance National Forum is the annual national sex worker only conference. It provides an opportunity for sex workers to network, workshop, and make our voices heard. The National Forum is free for sex workers to attend and includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. You can read more about what the National Forum is here.

This year the Scarlet Alliance Annual General Meeting (AGM) is open to all attendees, including sex workers who aren’t members. However, only members have speaking and voting rights at the AGM.

Current and former sex workers who support Scarlet Alliance’s objectives are welcome, and attendees are required to follow our Safer Spaces policy.

This year the National Forum will be held on Gadigal land (Sydney) near the CBD. We only release full venue details to people who have registered and had their registration verified. We verify all registrations to ensure that attendance is sex worker only. This means that if you are not already known to us, we ask for information to confirm that you are a current or former sex worker, and may reach out to you for more information.

No online access this year

After reviewing the feedback from last year’s National Forum, the low takeup of the online access, and having researched the available venue options, we have made the decision to not offer live online access to the 2023 National Forum. The interactive nature of many workshops and presentations, combined with the lack of technical capacity in the venues we are able to use, means that we are unable to offer an appropriate hybrid event. Feedback on our hybrid access last year was clear that the online platform was not accessible, and did not allow for participation within the conference. A fully accessible hybrid event is currently beyond our staffing and financial capabilities.

Instead we will be seeking to record relevant sections of the National Forum and upload them to a member’s only section of the website.

Members unable to attend the AGM in person are still able to participate through electronic voting, and/or by nominating a proxy.

COVID-19 information

COVID-19 is still circulating in the community and can have devastating impacts to our communities, particularly those with pre-existing and/or chronic health conditions.

We ask that people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven days, have been in close contact to anyone who has tested positive, or if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, to not attend the National Forum.

We will be providing N95 masks (or similar) for attendees to use, but mask use is not mandatory.

Venue layout and accessibility information

This year’s venue is a large multi-use space that will have different areas set aside for different uses, including a balcony. It has moveable partitions that will allow us to configure the space and hold concurrent workshops, however this means that noise will be an issue. We encourage people with audio sensitives to bring earplugs and/or noise cancelling headphones; and for attendees to be mindful of their impact on others.

There are 2 single person soundproof booths that will be for use by people who need to utilise supports (such as a phone counsellor). There are also cafes and a park nearby for people who need a “time out” from the conference space.

SWOP NSW is also located a 700m walk from the conference venue and will have a quiet space and peer workers available for support.

There are two lifts to the venue that will allow people with mobility needs to access the conference, and the space is wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets onsite.

We will provide a floor plan and full venue information to confirmed registrants. If you need further venue information in order to determine if you are able to attend, please contact us at info@scarletalliance.org.au.

Day 1: Wednesday 8 November

Registration and morning tea

Welcome to Country

Welcome and Housekeeping

Reports from WA, QLD, NT and TAS, and Q&A


Consent Law Reform – steps to consensus

Afternoon Tea


  1. The digital wallet 101: Skillshare on deposits & banking options
  2. Building Worker Cooperatives with Sex Workers
  3. Interrupting criminalisation

Day Wrap Up

Fly in Power Film Screening and panel at the Red Rattler

Please note this event is open to the public and requires registration.

Day 2: Thursday 9 November
National Training Project Skillshare


  1. Joys of Resistance: A Skillshare for Anti-Fascist Whores and Antifa-Curious Sex Workers
  2. Best Practice Approaches for Peer Organisation Ugly Mug Lists
  3. Tricking Tricks: more from the Sick Sad Whores

Morning tea

Reports from NSW, ACT, SA and VIC, and Q&A



  1. Preserving whorestories: Forming a community sex work archive
  2. Disabled Sex Workers Roundtable

Afternoon Tea


  1. Grief work
  2. Maintaining Community Values and Refuting the NGO Industrial Complex

Report from Touching Base

Day Wrap Up

Sex worker only party at the Bearded Tit in Redfern

Includes the annual Whore Of The Year awards and performances at 8pm

Day 3: Friday 10 November
Peer supervisors network

Please note this is being held at a separate location in Newtown, venue in info kit.

Public rally

Sex workers and allies, being held at the Hub in Newtown.

National Training Program Graduation




1. Sex worker research update
2. Rank and File Union Organising: Reigniting the Question

Annual General Meeting with afternoon tea

National Forum wrap-up and closing remarks


8 November 2023
10 November 2023
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Gadigal Land (Sydney)


Scarlet Alliance
(02) 9517 2577
View Organiser Website