Submission to Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, Reforming Licensing in NSW: Review of licence rationale and design
“Scarlet Alliance does not support the introduction of a licensing system in NSW for sex work owners/operators or for businesses or individuals.
Experiences in other Australian states demonstrate that:
licensing of sex work is ineffective, expensive and unworkable;
licensing imposes unnecessary costs on businesses and community;
the costs of the licence exceed its benefits;
licensing involves high administrative costs, compliance costs, excessive fees and delay costs;
there is no clear rationale for government action or intervention;
there are more efficient regulatory alternatives; and
licensing is not best practice.
The best opportunity to reduce red tape is to prevent a licensing system from being introduced in NSW.”