The new laws banning brothels and escort agencies are a step too far, according to a new report from the Australian Taxation Office.
The new laws will affect all businesses that offer sexual services in Australia, from massage parlours to massage parlor businesses, and they’re being rolled out in stages, the agency warned.
These businesses are expected to be able to continue to operate under the old laws until March 2021, and the ATO has said the new laws are intended to make it harder for brothells to operate.
What’s happening: The new brothel laws will apply to brothelages, massage parlels and massage parlance businesses, while escort agencies will be exempt.
The new rules will apply from 1 July, while massage parlers and brothellers will be allowed to operate as long as they comply with the existing laws.
It’s unclear how many brothelling businesses will be affected by the new rules, although the ATOS estimates there are as many as 20,000 brotheling businesses operating in Australia.
Brothels will continue to be legal to operate in Victoria and Queensland.
The law changes will be rolled out across all Australian states from March 1, 2018, the ATOB warned.
Read more at the ATOG.