Submission to Inquiry into the Equality Legislation Amendment (LGBTIQA+) Bill 2023

Scarlet Alliance, SWOP NSW and the NSW sex worker community do not believe the existing reforms have been sufficient to implement true decriminalisation. There remain nine criminal offences in the Summary Offences Act 1988 directly impacting sex workers. Sex workers continue to face extremely high levels of discrimination with no access to anti-discrimination or anti-vilification protections in NSW.

The Equality Bill 2023 represents the continued allyship of sex workers and the LGBTQ+ community, and offers NSW the opportunity to complete the unfinished process of sex work decriminalisation.