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Advertising prostitution in Queensland

Ad guidelines for brothels and social escort services

There are rules for how prostitution can be advertised in Queensland.

Ads published in Queensland must meet Queensland guidelines, even if the ad is placed from outside Queensland or published on a website located outside Queensland.

The guidelines apply to:

  • licensed brothels
  • sole operator sex workers
  • all other prostitution service providers
  • publishers.

How can the Authority help

Use our advertising checklists to help create a compliant ad.

The Authority can provide general advice to people placing ads or publishers on applying the guidelines.

The Authority doesn’t check ads. If you are placing an ad, it is up to you to check that the ad meets the guidelines.

Guidelines for advertising prostitution

The Guidelines about the Approved Form for Advertisements for Prostitution outline the do’s and don’ts of prostitution ads in Queensland. It is an offence to publish an ad that isn’t in the approved form defined in the guideline.

Use our advertising checklists to help create a compliant ad.

Do’s and don’ts of advertising prostitution in Queensland

DODON’T
Check the ad before you submit or publish it that it is within the guidelines Advertise on TV, radio, or motor vehicles like buses
Apply the guidelines to websites, social media, print ads, and merchandise like posters, cups, and stubby holders

Advertise using stickers, skywriting or billboards

Check where the ad is published – an adult entertainment website ad has a different expected audience than a community newspaper Imply illegal services

Guidelines for advertising social escort services

Do’s and don’ts of advertising social escort services in Queensland

Read the Guidelines for social escort services advertising. It is an offence to publish an ad that isn’t in the approved form defined in the guideline.

Use our advertising checklists to help create a compliant ad.

DODON’T
Check the ad before you submit or publish it that it is within the guidelines Publish and then see if it gets through
Apply the guidelines to websites, social media, print ads, and merchandise like posters, cups, and stubby holders Use stickers or nudity
Use the terms ‘non sexual’ or ‘sexual services are not provided’ Imply sexual services

Compliance with ad guidelines

The Authority manages ad compliance for licensed prostitution in Queensland.

If an ad doesn’t meet the guidelines, the Authority may issue a penalty infringement notice or refer the ad to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for enforcement.

The QPS is responsible for investigating alleged unlawful prostitution, including advertisements for prostitution that do not meet the guidelines.