Decriminalised Sex Work and Occupational Health and Safety in New Zealand


In New Zealand, the Prostitution Reform Act was passed in 2003. Its purpose is to decriminalise prostitution. Following the Act, the Department of Labour, in cooperation with the New Zealand Prostitues Collective (NZPC), developed the Occupational Health & Safety guidelines for the sex industry. This article looks at the development and effects of the New Zealand approach. It was written by members of the NZPC and was published as part of Research for Sex Work 14: Sex Work is Work.

Contents include:

  • The Health and Safety in Employment Act (1992)
  • The Prostitution Reform Act (2003)
  • Occupational Health and Safety guidelines
  • The right to say yes and the right to say no
  • Resolving workplace conflicts
  • The effects of decriminalisation

You can download this 4-page PDF above. This resource is available in English and in Spanish.