Vixen Collective – Submissions to Government
Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia – Federal Government
This inquiry was undertaken by the Federal Government to examine whether a ‘Modern Slavery Act’ should be introduced in Australia, with reference to the ‘UK Modern Slavery Act’ and the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade report ‘Trading Lives: Modern Day Human Trafficking’.
Vixen Collective Submission (see submission #176): https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/ModernSlavery/Submissions
Victorian Gender Equality Strategy – Department of Premier and Cabinet
Submissions made to the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy have not been published online by the Victorian Government – this means that there is now a lack of transparency and public accountability to this process. This is particularly disappointing for marginalised communities, like sex workers, who are traditionally disadvantaged in processes such as this and to whom the process itself (other contributors to and actors within it) is now in the most part invisible.
Victorian Gender Equality Strategy has now been published here:
Access to Justice Review – Department of Justice and Regulation
In October 2015 the Department of Justice and Regulation undertook a review to identify ways to improve access to justice for Victorians, particularly the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in Victorian community.
Vixen Collective Submission, 24th March 2016:
Draft Sex Work Regulations 2016 – Consumer Affairs Victoria
The Victorian Government held a review of the ‘Sex Work Regulations 2006’, first in April 2015 (to specific stakeholders), then in February 2016 (a public review process).
Despite substantial feedback from sex workers representative organisations (including Vixen Collective) changes made by the government were minimal, relating mainly to the area of ‘Advertising Controls’.
Vixen Collective Submission, 26th February 2016:
Since this submission process the Victorian Government has implemented the ‘Sex Work Regulations 2016’, effective 1st June 2016.
The new regulations can be accessed here (as a pdf or a word document):
Star Observer – ‘Sex Workers disappointed by Victoria’s updated regulations’, 3rd June 2016:
There has been a subsequent amendment to the ‘Sex Work Regulations 2016’, made without consultation with Victorian sex workers and our representative peer organisations, put into operation from the 1st of October 2017.
The amended regulations can be accessed here (as a pdf or a word document):
Inquiry into Human Trafficking – Federal Government
This inquiry was undertaken by the Federal Government to examine the prevalence of human trafficking in Australia, including the role and effectiveness of law enforcement agencies in responding to same.
Vixen Collective Submission, 19th February 2016 (download from link below)
Terms of Reference:
Report: no report has yet been produced from this inquiry.
The Role of Victims of Crime in the Criminal Trial Process – Victorian Law Reform Commission
In late 2015 the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) sought input on a review of the role of victims in the criminal trial process.
Vixen Collective’s submission addresses many of the significant barriers to justice sex workers face, as well as detailing issues with the court process that enable stigma and/or discrimination towards sex workers.
Vixen Collective Submission, 1st February 2016:
Report: no report has yet been produced from this review.
Regulatory Regimes Preventing the Infiltration of Organised Crime into Lawful Occupations and Industries – Victorian Law Reform Commission
In October 2014 the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) began an examination of how to prevent organised crime from infiltrating industries and occupations.
As indicated in Vixen Collective’s submission, both government data and feedback from our own community show that organised crime is not a feature of the Victorian sex industry, and that regulatory regimes (such as licensing) have significant impacts on the human rights and safety of sex workers.
Vixen Collective Submission, 14th August 2015:
Inquiry Into the Regulation of Brothels NSW – Legislative Assembly Select Committee on the Regulation of Brothels, NSW
In 2015 a select committee was appointed by the NSW Government to look into the regulation of brothels in NSW. When the committee returned its report (recommending the regulatory model of licensing), three members of the select committee dissented from the report’s conclusions and the NSW Government did not adopt the recommendations of the report.
Vixen Collective Submission, 19th August 2015:
Final Report of Select Committee on the Regulation of Brothels:
ABC News – ‘Brothel licensing scheme rejected by NSW Government..’, 11th May 2016:
Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Identifiers Discussion Paper (PCEHR/HI) – Australian Government Department of Health
In May 2015 the Department of Health published an outline of proposed legislative change to the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010 and the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 – these changes have the potential to affect what information from our health records is held in electronic form, our ability to opt in or out of electronic health records and who can access these records.
Vixen Collective Submission, 17th July 2015:
Report: no report has been released from this process and although it is stated that “Submissions will be made public” submissions are no longer directly accessible from the consultation website.
Royal Commission into Family Violence – Victorian Government
The Royal Commission into Family Violence was set up to enquire into family violence, its contributing factors, impacts, responses, and prevention strategies.
Vixen Collective Submission, 29th May 2015:
Terms of Reference: