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Brothel regulation in NSW

22 Jul 2015
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The backgrounder provides a collection of sources on brothel regulation, including research reports, journal articles, and other commentary.

Backgrounder

The question of how to effectively regulate brothels has led to considerable divergence in regulatory models used in both Australian and overseas jurisdictions. The most decriminalised of all Australian jurisdictions, NSW relies primarily on planning laws to regulate brothels.

In December 2010, the NSW Coalition’s Shadow Minister for Intergovernmental Relations released an election plan for a brothel licensing regime. This regime was to involve “stringent vetting of brothel licence applicants to clamp down on the use of brothels by organised crime groups and unsuitable persons”. A licensing scheme was not introduced during the Coalition Government’s first term in office.

On 25 June 2015, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello announced a parliamentary inquiry into brothel regulation in NSW. The Legislative Assembly’s Select Committee on the Regulation of Brothels, which will report by 12 November 2015, is to examine and report on:

a) appropriate local and State Government regulatory and compliance functions for brothels;

b) the demarcation in local and State Government roles and responsibilities; and

c) possible reform options that address the social, health and planning challenges associated with legal and illegal brothels.

This backgrounder updates the 2011 NSW Parliamentary Research Service e-brief Regulation of brothels: an update with recent sources as well as outlining some international regulatory models.

The backgrounder provides a collection of sources on brothel regulation, including research reports, journal articles, and other commentary. The sources listed represent a small selection from a substantial amount of available literature. Links are provided to the full text of sources throughout the paper.

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