The Australian federal, state and territory governments have announced public health directions and new laws as part of the COVID-19 response. The public health orders have announced closure of businesses and restrictions on activities and movement. Increased powers to enforce these requirements vary across states and territories.
While a federal announcement closed brothels, massage parlours and strip clubs, there are further restrictions impacting on other sectors of the sex industry made by the state and territory governments.
Restrictions are being updated frequently, and there have been new interpretations to existing orders. This document is correct at 6 April, 2020. Scarlet Alliance and our member peer sex worker organisations are remaining open or providing support via phone, and will continue to update workers with new information when available. Because this is changing so frequently, please check in with your state and territory sex worker organisation.