Service Provider Awareness Training (SPAT)

Service Provider Awareness Training – for disability service providers and carers

1 day workshop – Supporting people with disability to access the Sex Industry

COST: $240

We have four Service Provide Awareness Training workshops coming up in different locations for NSW in 2018.

See more info about this very popular workshop on the Family Planning NSW website or follow the links below to immediately register for upcoming workshops run in partnership with Family Planning NSW.

Location Workshop dates Application
ASHFIELD Tuesday 27 March 2018  

Applications closed


NEWCASTLE Friday 22 June 2018  

Applications closed


PENRITH Thursday 20 September 2018  

Applications closed


Port Macquarie Thursday 25 October 2018 Cancelled

Supported by Family Planning NSW and IDEAS (Information on Disability Education & Awareness Services)

Service Provider Awareness Training Workshop

This workshop is aimed at service providers and carers to allow them to explore the issues they may face when assisting people with disability to access the sex industry.

Target Audience

Disability service providers, policy officers and carers in New South Wales.

This workshop is specifically for participants who are connected to a disability organisation or directly support people with disability. Sex workers please go to the PDAT workshop page for more information about working with clients with disability.


The Touching Base Committee believes that there is a clear need for our training project, to provide education for providers and carers, supporting them to fulfill their legal obligations to assist people with disability to follow the sexual lifestyle options of their choice, including non-heterosexual lifestyles. The training will help facilitate healthier sexual health outcomes for people with disability by enabling them to make better-informed choices for themselves and empower both people with disability and their carers to address this often neglected area of service provision. In the last few years SWOP has received extensive inquiries from service providers regarding how best to access Sex Industry services. The initial Touching Base Forum in Feb 2000 asked “How could carers better support or facilitate a relative or client to access sexual services?” Participants identified the needs to –

  • Assist groups to overcome historical view of morality of sex/sex work
  • Encourage networking with other carers or advocacy groups
  • Find out what sex services are available from local workers and
  • Empower clients to make choices and decisions as sexual beings.

The Touching Base Survey of Service Providers in NSW (2002) examined barriers service providers and carers faced when accessing sexual services for their clients. 27 (75%) respondents indicated that they felt they would benefit from training and education in relation to assisting with and/or arranging access to sex work services and 29 (81%) indicated that they felt their organisation would benefit from such training.

  • To build the capacity of workers in the disability sector to support people with disability to access the sex industry
  • To introduce and discuss facts about the sex industry
  • To provide information about Touching Base Inc
  • To explore the legal and policy obligations of the support worker when assisting people with disability in accessing sex services
  • To develop strategies to support the rights of people with disability to access sex services
  • To provide resources to support disability worker’s role