The Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Employment Pathways Program aims to assist women who express an interest to transition out of, or reduce their hours in the sex industry, recognising this can be a difficult process, requiring multiple attempts. The program name was developed in consultation with Project Respect’s Women’s Advisory Group, and reflects that many women have transferrable skills, however face significant barriers in accessing mainstream employment and educational opportunities.

The program provides case-management support, information, warm referrals and advocacy which aims to reduce the barriers women face, whilst addressing their unique needs to achieve the personal goals they have identified relating to skills, training, educational and employment options.

The program includes strong partnership development with external organisations who are delivering services and programs which support the aim of the program. The program establishes warm-referral pathways and delivers capacity building training to partnership organisations to ensure referral organisations are knowledgeable about and responsive to the needs, barriers and issues women in the sex industry experience when transitioning out of or reducing their hours in the industry.