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St Kilda Gatehouse is a safe place of belonging, connection, and respect for our community’s most marginalized and disadvantaged women involved in street based sex

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In the media

Berwick Star News

Awareness on sexual exploitation

The St Kilda Gatehouse sees a third of the overall number of young people they support hailing from the City of Casey, with similar figures from Greater Dandenong.


Decriminalising sex work in Victoria

As of February 2022 the Victorian Government passed a bill to decriminalise sew work. You can read more about by clicking on link below.

LaTrobe University

Understanding the health and social wellbeing needs of sex workers in Victoria

This study sought to understand the health and social wellbeing needs of sex workers in Victoria to identify best practice for policy and service provision. It did so by means of qualitative interviews with 31 diverse sex workers and 17 key stakeholders, including service providers and peer community leaders.

Download the report on the link below.

St Kilda Gatehouse

by Dianne Azoor Hughes, Treasurer, St Kilda Gatehouse

Throughout my professional career I strived for work-life balance, I promoted gender equality and diversity, and worked to uncover the unconscious biases we each carry in the workplace and beyond. 


The Uncomfortable Truth About Child Sexual Abuse

“This article was first published on Pursuit. Read the original article.”

By Dr Gemma McKibbin, University of Melbourne, and Jessica Laird, Deakin University

Sydney Morning Herald

Next time you see a sex worker on a street corner, ponder this...

Ever pondered the women you see on street corners? Ever wondered about the stories of these daughters, mothers and sisters who do street sex work?

TEDx Talk

She's Someone: Humanising women involved in street based sex work

In late 2014, St Kilda Gatehouse was approached by Tedx St Kilda. They invited Gatehouse staff to share on the Tedx stage stories from women who work on the streets. We thought about it more deeply and decided it didn’t feel right to share the women’s stories on that sort of platform. They were the women’s stories to share. We declined the invitation. The organisers at Tedx St Kilda then suggested we share our own stories. Sally Tonkin, our then CEO, did just that. In late March 2015 she shared how the values of Gatehouse and the women who we have the privilege of working with have shaped her understanding. 

The Age

Street life

Interview with former St Kilda Gatehouse CEO (May 2, 2011)

Sally Tonkin works with the marginalised and she says there’s more to sex workers than how they make a living.