Prostitution Reform Act 2003

Protections for persons refusing to work as sex workers

18 Refusal to work as sex worker does not affect entitlements


A person’s benefit, or entitlement to a benefit, under the Social Security Act 2018 may not be cancelled or affected in any other way by his or her refusal to work, or to continue to work, as a sex worker (and, in this case, that work is not suitable employment for that person under that Act).


A person’s entitlements under the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Act 2001 may not be lost or affected in any other way by his or her being capable of working as a sex worker if he or she refuses to do, or to continue to do, that kind of work.


In this section, refusal means a refusal to do this kind of work in general, rather than a refusal of a particular job or at a particular time.

Section 18(1): amended, on 26 November 2018, by section 459 of the Social Security Act 2018 (2018 No 32).