SEX WORK & COVID-19: CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

Need info on where to get your COVID-19 vaccine and other resources? Check out the COVID-19 Vaccination Guide for Sex Workers
 

For more info on current COVID settings in VIC,see: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings

 

 

In Person Sex Work 

Vixen Collective will remain in close communication with the government and other bodies and will provide any updates as they come to hand. Please note all other existing VIC sex work related laws remain in place. 

For more info about sex work and restrictions, please call or txt 0414 275 959 or email info@vixencollective.org 



Brothels & strip clubs

 

Can I work? Yes
 

Brothels, strip clubs can open to fully vaccinated staff and patrons.

Please contact us for more information on proof of vaccination & privacy for brothel and strip club based sex workers. 

 

 

Private sex work, outcalls & escorting

 

Can I work? Yes

 

You can enter somebody's home for the purposes of work (this includes sex work). 

Vixen Collective has received confirmation from the Victorian Government that if an independent or private sex worker is attending someone's private residence they are not required to be vaccinated, or to show proof of vaccination. 

 

There is not a requirement for private sex workers to have their own QR code set up.

There is a requirement for workers (including sex workers) who visit private residences to have a COVIDSafe Plan that provides for visits to other premises.

 

See Proof of Vaccination and Other COVID-19 Requirements for more information

Please note that all other existing VIC sex work laws remain in place. 

Hotels & other short stay accommodation

Bookings in short stay accommodation are allowed, subject to any private gathering limits. 




Proof of Vaccination and Other COVID-19 Requirements 

 

​Important: Vixen Collective will continue to share information on proof of vaccine requirements and privacy with the sex work community. Sex workers can contact us for more information about navigating privacy concerns, and your rights and obligations at work via info@vixencollective.org or 0414 275 959 

 

  • Vixen Collective received written confirmation from the Victorian Government that: "if an independent or private sex worker is attending someone's private residence they are not required to be vaccinated."

  • There is also not a requirement for private sex workers to have their own QR code set up.  

Vixen Collective has continued to actively seek clear and easily accessible information from the Victorian Government for sex workers about proof of vaccination and other COVID-19 requirements. We have now also received the following communication from the Victorian Government, shared below in full. The information is now also available on the Coronavirus Victoria website (see included links):

 


Vaccine Requirements
 

1. Can escorts attend clients’ homes for work?  

Yes. Escorts can attend the private homes of clients to work. Businesses that visit private residences must: 

  • have a  COVIDSafe Plan that provides for visits to other premises, including keeping records for 28 days of appointments and locations visited  

  • not have workers attend if a client or the people they live with are unwell, or if workers are unwell 

  • adhere to the current face mask restrictions (currently masks must be worn indoors by workers in a private home except while a service is being provided) 

  • where possible, provide services in a separate space to where other occupants of that private residence are, or request that other occupants leave while services are provided 

  • follow the  six COVIDSafe principles

Workers are highly encouraged to get fully vaccinated (unless a valid medical exemption applies) before attending the private homes of clients to work. 

Link to coronavirus website: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/adult-entertainment-sector-guidance

 

2. In customer-facing industries like hospitality, do businesses need to keep a record of a customer’s vaccination status?

No, businesses just need to check that customers are fully vaccinated - they do not need to record this information.

 

Customers can link their COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app. The confirmation screen displays a green tick to show that the customer has checked in, their name and the words 'valid certificate'. Other valid evidence of vaccination includes a COVID-19 digital certificate on your smartphone wallet or a paper-copy of your Immunisation History Statement, or an eligible proof of exemption.

A business may also ask to see another form of identity, for example a driver’s licence, to confirm the identity on the COVID-19 digital certificate.

 

3.   Are indoor home services, including mobile businesses, allowed?

Yes, indoor home services are permitted. Workers who are required to be vaccinated under the COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Directions cannot operate a business in their home in that profession unless they are vaccinated.

4. Are clients or customers allowed to enter my home-based business?

Yes, clients or customers can enter your home-based business, including beauty and hairdressing services.

Home-based businesses must:

Home-based businesses should ensure workers get tested for COVID-19 if unwell (even if they show only mild symptoms).

Link to coronavirus website: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/how-we-work-current-restrictions#general-business-faqs.

 

Please note that this advice is current during Phase C of the Roadmap and may be adjusted when Phase D of the Roadmap is announced later in November.

Further information on the Roadmap can be found on the coronavirus website

 

Police
 

Vixen Collective is in regular communication with Victoria Police to ensure police are aware of changes to restrictions relating to sex work as they occur. 

If you have contact with the police regarding COVID-19 and/or sex work, or have been fined or issued with an infringement notice, contact Vixen Collective for support at info@vixencollective.org or 0414 275 959. 

 

We can offer information, advocacy, support around police interactions, direct referrals to free and confidential legal advice, and support accessing it.


Harm Reduction
 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you should self-isolate and get tested. If you are concerned you may have COVID-19, you can call the National Coronavirus 24hr Helpline for information and advice on 1800 020 080. If you require translating services, call 131 450.

For the Scarlet Alliance vaccination guide, see https://scarletalliance.org.au/library/covid19-vaccine-guide

 

If you do in-person sex work at this time, you may consider your screening, work practices, what services you provide, and enhanced hygiene and cleaning measures.

 

Sex workers responded rapidly to COVID-19 from the early stages of the pandemic, with many of us adapting our work practices well before restrictions were introduced. Many sex workers moved to non contact forms of sex work or other income sources, while others practiced enhanced screening measures, increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols.

 

Please see this link for extensive information on COVID-19 harm reduction and sex work.  https://redbook.scarletalliance.org.au/covid-19/

For Disaster Payment information see: Scarlet Alliance COVID-19 Disaster Payment Resource for Sex Workers

 

Sex Workers' Rights and COVID-19 
 

Throughout the pandemic, VIC sex workers have experienced a pattern of inconsistent messaging about COVID-19 restrictions and enforcement from different parts of government and police. Vixen Collective is determined to ensure this is not repeated and that consistent and accessible information is available to sex workers going forward.

Vixen Collective continues to advocate for equitable and evidence based treatment of sex workers, and for government to work in partnership with sex workers as we respond to COVID-19 alongside other Victorian workers.  Above all, we continue as always to advocate fiercely for the rights of all sex workers in Victoria.

 

Vixen Collective calls for access to adequate financial support and emergency relief for all sex workers, further resourcing for peer-education and harm reduction, access to housing and rental relief and essential support services for all sex workers, and the full decriminalisation of all forms of sex work in Victoria

 

We will continue to provide updates on restrictions, harm reduction, and emergency relief - please follow us on social media to stay up to date.

Resources
 

Emergency Financial Relief:

The Scarlet Alliance Emergency Relief Fund is open to sex workers in Australia affected by lockdown.
Applications are available in English, Thai, Korean and Chinese.
https://chuffed.org/project/sex-worker-support


Scarlet Alliance COVID-19 Disaster Payment Resource for Sex Workers



Covid-19 & Fines  - Legal Aid Victoria: 

 

https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/find-legal-answers/covid-19-coronavirus/fines

 

Police powers: your rights in Victoria

 

See pages 4 - 5 for information on your rights and obligations when questioned by police. 

https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/find-legal-answers/free-publications-and-resources/police-powers-your-rights-in-victoria

 

See our Resources page for more, or contact us via email or our peer line.