Northern Territory, Australia

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Is selling sex criminalised?: 

Selling sex has been fully decriminalised through the Sex Industry Bill 2019, which was adopted in Nov 2019.

Is buying sex criminalised?: 


Is organising/managing criminalised?: 

Organising and managing has been decriminalised. Operators running brothels with more than 2 sex workers must obtain a suitability certificate.

Is there mandatory HIV/STI testing?: 


Is there mandatory registration?: 


If sex work is regulated, is it in line with other work, or are the regulations unfair or overly restrictive?: 

In line with other forms of businesses

Is sex work recognised as work?: 


Is sex work decriminalised with limited regulation?: 


Sources/further reading: 

UNDP et al (2012) Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific: Laws, HIV and human rights in the context of sex work, available at Scarlett Alliance website Sex Industry Bill 2019 -

Extra info: 

Legislation to decriminalise sex work was adopted in November 2019 and is due to enter into force in June 2020 pending regulatory framework being agreed (health and safety at work and planning regulations) prior to implementation.

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