Prostitution laws in Australia are vastly different from state to state. The following provides a very brief description of the laws for each state and also provides links to the various acts.
Prostitution in this state comes under the Prostitution Act 2000. While prostitution itself is legal, many activities associated with it, such as brothels, soliciting in a public place and pimping, are illegal.
Brothels have been legalised in Victoria and are regulated by the Sex Work Act 1994 through Consumer Affairs Victoria. Street prostitution remains illegal. The aim of the legislation was to remove the criminal element in the industry, especially the use of underage and trafficked women, and to provide better regulation.
Brothels and single operators were legalised in Queensland in 1999 with the Prostitution Act 1999. Brothels are licensed by the Prostitution Licensing Authority (PLA). Street prostitution, unlicensed brothels, massage parlour prostitution and outcalls from licensed brothels remain illegal. They also have a clear distinction between prostitution and social (i.e. non sexual) escort services.
Prostitution in Tasmania is regulated by the Sex Industry Offences Act 2005. Prostitution is legal, but brothels and street prostitution are illegal. Self employed operators are legal and may operate with one other person.