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Covid-19 Questions

1. When will brothels open under the 'new Roadmap to easing Queensland's restrictions?'

The Prostitution Licensing Authority understands that it is a difficult and uncertain time for brothel licensees and approved managers.

The Non-essential business activity and undertaking Closure Directions have been issued by the Chief Health Officer in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Prostitution involves close physical contact, incompatible with social distancing. Brothels will reopen again when it is decided that it is safe. On 8 May 2020, the Queensland Government issued a Roadmap to easing Queensland's restrictions: A step-down approach to COVID-19. It involves a three phased approach to easing restrictions, but brothels are not yet included in the Roadmap.

Queensland Health is the lead agency on public health matters and staff of the Office of the Prostitution Licensing Authority are not clinicians. Brothel licensees are responsible for ensuring a safe and healthy workplace. When brothels are permitted to reopen, it will be a matter of complying with any relevant directions of the Chief Health Officer, observing social distancing to the extent possible given the nature of prostitution, and by other measures to minimise the risk of spreading the infection. The Australian Government Health Department and Queensland Health have developed a range of resources that you will find of assistance and are available here:

www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-news-and-media

www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

 

2. Do I still have to submit renewal applications and annual returns and pay fees?

Because of the closure of brothels under the Non-essential business, activity and undertaking Closure Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer, the PLA has put a proposal to the Minister for Police for fee relief, involving the refund and deferment of brothel licence and approved manager's certificate fees. This proposal is still being considered by the Minister.

In the meantime, the provisions of the Prostitution Act 1999 about the lodgment of renewal applications and annual returns and the payment of fees continue to apply. This means that if you want to remain in the industry, you must continue to lodge renewal applications and annual returns and pay fees as you normally would. The PLA will continue to send you reminder letters with the due date.

If you are experiencing financial hardship due to exceptional circumstances (i.e. the closure of the brothel because of the COVID-19 pandemic) and are unable to pay your annual fees on time, you are encouraged to submit an application to the PLA for a payment plan. Please note that under the legislation, payment plans are not available for renewal fees.

 

3. What are the Non-essential health directives?

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-public-health-act-powers

 

4. When will brothels reopen?

The Prostitution Licensing Authority understands that it is a difficult and uncertain time for brothel licensees and approved managers.

The Non-essential business activity and undertaking Closure Directions have been issued by the Chief Health Officer in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Prostitution involves close physical contact, incompatible with social distancing. Brothels will reopen again when the Chief Health Officer decides it is safe. In a media release of 20 April 2020, the Chief Health Officer provided some guidance about the lifting of restrictions, saying that it is important that they are not lifted too early and that when a decision is made to start lifting them there will be a phased approach: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/doh-media-releases/.

Queensland Health is the lead agency on public health matters and staff of the Office of the Prostitution Licensing Authority are not clinicians. Brothel licensees are responsible for ensuring a safe and healthy workplace. When brothels are permitted to reopen, it will be a matter of complying with any relevant directions of the Chief Health Officer, observing social distancing to the extent possible given the nature of prostitution, and by other measures to minimise the risk of spreading the infection. The Australian Government Health Department and Queensland Health have developed a range of sources that you will find of assistance and are available here:

 

5. How do I make a complaint about illegal prostitution activity?

Illegal prostitution is a matter for the Queensland Police Service.

 

6. How do I make a complaint about a COVID-19 breach?

Make an online report to Policelink via Queensland Police Service website at www.police.qld.gov.au.

Click on making a report. A report option allows you to register an online report for a COVID-19 breach.

 

 

Last updated 15/05/2020