Evidence review of transitioning programs, nationally and internationally.

  • Project dates: 2019

Transitioning programs for sex workers have been running in the state of Victoria for the past ten years. In the last few years, there has been a renewed interest in these programs, with substantial increases in government funding in the 2017-2018 state budget but we don’t really have a lot of information about these programs and evidence of best practice. The truth is, the vast majority of program development and activities in Australia are yet to be documented. RMIT University aims to fill this gap in literature on transitioning programs in Australia by carrying out an evidence review of transitioning programs, nationally and internationally.

RMIT’s project is unique as it will build a best practice evaluation tool developed through consultation with professionals working in sex worker and non-sex worker organisations across Australia and New Zealand. The project explores the key features of a well-designed transitioning program. It involves:

  • A summary review of the literature on transitioning, including an in-depth exploration of ‘exiting’ models and programs and case studies documenting promising practice.
  • Data collection consisting of interviews with people providing transitioning services or programs across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Comprehensive evaluation of transitioning and ‘exiting’ programs and development of a conceptual framework for establishing best and promising practice in transitioning programs.

Download the Evidence Review Report and the Technical and Background Paper exploring best and promising practice.

Key People


Dr Larissa Sandy

Dr Larissa Sandy


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Research Team

  • Dr Joni Meenagh
  • Petrea Nes-ladicola

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