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Existing Approved Managers


An Approved Managers Certificate is granted for a term of three years, unless it is surrendered, suspended or cancelled during that period.

Certificates are issued to individuals only and are personal to that individual. The certificate may not be transferred or sold to another person.

At the end of the first and second year, but before the annual anniversary date (given date) of the certificate, an approved manager is obligated to submit an Annual Return and pay the relevant fees to the Prostitution Licensing Authority (PLA).

At the end of the third year, but before the expiry date, an approved manager may apply to renew the Approved Managers Certificate. If approved, the Approved Managers Certificate will be granted for another three years, unless it is surrendered, suspended or cancelled within that time.

The approved manager must comply with all relevant requirements of the Prostitution Act and Approved Managers Certificate, in particular condition 9, which states an approved manager must hold a current Apply First Aid Certificate and CPR component to supervise a licensed brothel.

Annual Return

Section 44 of the Prostitution Act 1999 (the Act) requires that annual return and an annual certificate fee be submitted to the PLA.  In accordance with ss 10 and 11 of the Prostitution Regulation 2014 the annual return and relevant fees must be submitted to the PLA on or before the certificate anniversary day.

If the fees are not paid on or before the anniversary day, and no payment plan is entered into with the PLA, the certificate will automatically be suspended for 28 days. The suspension will only end on payment of outstanding fees or entry into a payment plan with the PLA. Where a person has not entered into a payment plan, and fails to pay their outstanding fees during the suspension period (28 days) their certificate will automatically be cancelled.  Where they have entered into a payment plan, and fail to make a payment under the plan, their certificate will be automatically cancelled.  It should be noted that both suspension and cancellation occur automatically under the Act.  No independent action by the PLA is required.

It is only in exceptional circumstances that the PLA will enter into a payment plan.

If an approved manager’s certificate is automatically cancelled, that person will be ineligible under the Prostitution Act to apply for a brothel licence or an approved manager’s certificate for a period of three years.  This means that they will be excluded from being a brothel licensee or an approved manger during this period.  If a person thinks that they might want to apply for brothel licence or an approved manager’s certificate during the three year period, automatic cancellation (and its consequences) can be avoided by surrendering their certificate to the PLA before or during the suspension period.

Approved Managers Certificate Annual Return (Approved Managers Certificate Annual Return |88278|application/pdf 86 KB)


A Renewal Application and relevant fees must be submitted to the PLA before or on the day the certificate expires, if the approved manager intends to continue to supervise a legal brothel.  

An approved manager may apply for the renewal of the certificate at least one month before the expiry date in accordance of Section 49 of the Prostitution Act 1999. The application for renewal must be in the approved form and accompanied by the renewal fee.

The PLA applies Section 49 of the Prostitution Act strictly.

A submission of a renewal application must be accompanied by the correct renewal fee within the timeframe specified in s 49 otherwise the certificate will naturally expire.

If the renewal application is not accompanied by the correct renewal fee, it will not be accepted by the Office of the PLA and will be returned to the applicant.

Should the certificate expire, the manager would have to cease supervising a legal brothel. If the approved manager wishes to remain in the industry, the approved manager would then need to apply for another certificate. The manager would not be able to supervise a legal brothel in Queensland until such time as a new certificate was granted.

A certificate will only be extended by the PLA if the approved manager has lodged the renewal application accompanied by the correct renewal fee prior to the expiry of the current certificate. The purpose of this extension will be to give the PLA sufficient time for the processing of the renewal application.

Approved Managers Certificate Renewal (Approved Managers Certificate Renewal|209562|application/pdf 482 KB)

Manager's Variation Form

An Application for variation of an approved manager's certificate form 6 is only required to be completed by an approved manager that holds a current certificate.

Under Section 46 of the Prostitution Act 1999 an approved manager must apply to the PLA to vary information included in the certificate. Information required to be reported to the PLA on this form would be change of legal name or intention to work at an additional brothel or transfer to another brothel.

Approved Manager Variation Form (Approved Manager Variation Form|44005|application/pdf 40 KB)

There is a variation fee and replacement of certificate fee payable on submission of this form to the PLA. See schedule of fees (schedule of fees 38 KB).



Approved Manager Certificate Fees (see below for links) must be paid annually and generally all fees are increased annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Fees Matrix (Fees Matrix for Managers 18KB)


Last updated 1/07/2019