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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 keep up to date with us on social media, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

If you are a current or former sex worker looking to become a member of Scarlet Alliance, please complete the online application 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).

Job Vacancy: Peer Education and Outreach Officer (CALD), Tasmania

We're looking for a passionate peer educator to join our Tasmanian team in Hobart.

This position will work within the Scarlet Alliance Tasmanian Sex Worker Project. We're looking for someone who can fluently speak and write Mandarin, and/or Thai, and/or Korean and/or Cantonese.

For more information and the application kit, click here.

Applications extended until 5pm November 19 2021!

Scarlet Alliance National Forum 2021

SANF21 online registrations are now open! SIGN UP

CLICK HERE for this year's agenda and more info.

Interested in becoming a member of the next Scarlet Alliance Executive Committee?

The current Executive Committee is holding an online info session on Thursday 28th October at 6pm AEDT. To register to attend CLICK HERE.

COVID-19 Information Hub for Sex Workers

CLICK HERE to go to the COVID-19 Information Hub.

Resources available on Red Book Online:

Scarlet Alliance Emergency Relief Fund for Sex Workers

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on sex workers, continuing to cause snap lockdowns and other restrictions that impact sex workers’ incomes.

These government restrictions have left many sex workers without income. This loss of income directly impacts on sex workers’ ability to maintain housing, buy food and basic items, support our dependents, and access healthcare and prescriptions.

Donate to the Emergency Relief Fund here:

Scarlet Alliance and our state and territory member organisations have joined together to create an ongoing fund to make your donations directly available to sex workers who need emergency financial relief in order to support them to stay safe, housed and fed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is being overseen by sex worker organisations and run by sex worker organisation staff and volunteers across Australia. All money donated goes directly to sex workers in need.

As sex workers in each state and territory begin to return to work, the emergency fund will continue to provide support until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted across the country. This fund will primarily focus on supporting sex workers who have not yet been able to return to work, particularly where COVID-19 restrictions remain in place and where sex workers are subject to penalties and fines.

If you are a sex worker impacted by lockdown who needs financial support, you can apply to receive a payment.
Click on the following languages to apply:

Click on the following languages for translated info about the Emergency Relief Fund:

Online Safety Bill 2021

CLICK HERE for the community update on the passage of the Online Safety Bill 2021.

What is the Full Decriminalisation of Sex Work?

This short briefing paper explains what full decriminalisation does and does not include and what sex workers want from sex work law reform. This resource is currently available in English, Thai, and Simplified Chinese, and the Korean translation will be available soon.

Release of National BBV & STI Strategies 2018-22

AIVL & Scarlet Alliance Joint Media Release ahead of World AIDS Day 1 December 2018 CLICK HERE for more information.

VALE Roberta Perkins

Scarlet Alliance and SWOP NSW mourn the passing of academic, researcher, author and trans and sex worker rights activist Roberta Perkins.
Roberta passed away yesterday afternoon 26th June, 2018. You can read more about her work and legacy HERE (PDF)

Portrait of Roberta Perkins by Nada DeCat

My Health Record Information Brief for Sex Workers

My Health Record (MHR) is an electronic health record and the MHR system is a centralised database that retains all the MHRs. The MHR system has been around for more than five years as an opt-in system. On the 16 July 2018, MHR will move to an opt-out model with a three-month period to actively remove consent to prevent a MHR being created for you by default. Scarlet Alliance has created a briefing sheet for sex workers on MHR and the potential benefits and risks of a MHR for sex workers.
CLICK HERE for more information.

Have you seen Scarlet Alliance's key policy document drawing together research and information to inform sex work policy development in Australia?


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.