It is legal to work in a support role in a sex services premises, if the other business regulations and laws are met. You need to be over 18 and hold a valid work visa if you are not an Australian resident.
Minders for street-based sex workers can be charged with an offence if they are living off the earnings of a street-based sex worker. This law was designed to allow police to charge people who ‘stand over’ and take money from sex workers without consent, but it can be used to charge friends, lovers and minders of street-based sex workers. This law is rarely used. (More information about street-based sex work here).
Security staff—guards, bodyguards and bouncers—need to be licensed and their employers need to be approved security industry organisations.
As a receptionist, if someone from a government department visits:
If a dispute arises:
If the business owner is not present, contact them and tell them that the government officer wants to enter the premises. If you or the owner allows the person to enter, sex workers and other staff do not have to provide information—they may have individual rights and responsibilities depending on which government department.
More information about rights, responsibilities and government departments here.
If the government officer wishes to speak to individual sex workers and they have the powers to do so, then those sex workers may choose where and with whom they speak. For example, a sex worker who agrees to speak with Taxation or Immigration officers must: