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Preventing discrimination against sex workers - changes to the EOA Victoria

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This session will outline changes to the EOA to protect sex workers against discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation.

In 2022 the Victorian Government introduced a package of legislative reforms to decriminalise sex work in Victoria. These changes recognise that sex work is legitimate work and aim to provide enhanced safety and rights for sex workers, including by addressing the persistent stigma and discrimination they experience.   

Among these changes, the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Equal Opportunity Act) has been amended to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for sex workers. As part of Law Week 2023, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is running a webinar on preventing discrimination against sex workers. The session will: 

  • provide an overview of of the changes to the law decriminalising sex work in Victoria
  • outline protections for sex workers under the Equal Opportunity Act
  • summarise the harm of discrimination against sex workers and the benefits to enshrining protection against discrimination in law.
  • clarify complaints processes for sex workers experiencing discrimination. 

Presenter: The webinar will be presented by Kylie Smith, Manager Education and Engagement, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
Delivery: Live online via Zoom. The link to the webinar will be provided (via email) ahead of the session.

Presented by:
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

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