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Prostitution licensing in Queensland

Brothel licences and approved managers certificates

There are strict rules under the Prostitution Act 1999 (the Act) about:

  • how brothels in Queensland operate
  • who can be licensed to operate a brothel
  • who can be certified to manage a brothel.

To operate a brothel in Queensland you must have a brothel licence.

To manage a brothel in Queensland you must have a manager’s certificate.

Licensing and sole operator sex workers

Sole operator sex workers don’t need a licence from the Authority or any other government agency. They must comply with relevant provisions of the Prostitution Act and Chapter 22A of the Criminal Code.

Applying for a brothel licence or approved manager certificate

To apply for a brothel licence or approved manager certificate you must:

You must fill out the right forms and pay the fee to the Authority when you apply for a new brothel licence or approved manager certificate.

Under the Prostitution Act 1999 (the Act), you must have a licence from the Authority if you want to operate a brothel in Queensland.

Under the Prostitution Act 1999 (the Act), if you want to work as a brothel manager, you must apply to the Authority for an approved manager’s certificate.