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Emergency Support Fund for Sex Workers in Australia

Update 20 July 2020

As sex workers in each state and territory begin to return to work, the emergency fund will continue to accept applications for support until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted across the country. Going forward the fund will primarily focus on supporting sex workers who have not yet been able to return to work, particularly where COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.


Scarlet Alliance and our state and territory member organisations have joined together to create an ongoing fund to make your donations directly available to sex workers who need emergency financial relief in order to support them to stay safe, housed and fed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is being overseen by sex worker organisations and run by sex worker organisations and volunteers across Australia. All money donated goes directly to sex workers in need.

COVID-19 has brought about an unprecedented impact on sex workers. Many sex workers have had incomes stop completely or significantly diminish. The impact is happening now and will get worse as COVID-19 increases in Australia.

Loss of income has directly impacted on sex workers’ ability to maintain housing, buy food and basic items, support their dependants, and access healthcare and prescriptions.

This fundraiser, will provide emergency relief for sex workers in Australia who do not meet eligibility criteria for government or other financial support or unable to meet government requirements.

Sex workers don’t get sick pay and holiday pay, and many have no superannuation or savings. The stigma and discrimination that they face means some have no proof of earnings to access government support.

Please contribute what you can so that we can try to provide a safety net for our community. No amount is too small.

100% OF YOUR DONATION WILL GO DIRECTLY TO SEX WORKERS WHO NEED SUPPORT. No donations are being used for administration.

Relief applications are being assessed daily and payments are administered weekly through a transparent sex worker led organisation structure, and allocation is dependent on funds donated at that time.

Our ability to provide emergency support is limited to the amount that we receive in donations. It is likely that the need will surpass the amount we receive in donations.

This fund is ongoing until further notice, it's never too late to donate. Click below to make a donation:


How to Apply for Financial Relief

If you are a sex worker who needs financial relief please complete the self assessment tool via the following links:





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Last Updated: 20 July 2020


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