Tasmania’s Director of Public Health has spoken out against legislation banning brothels, arguing the state’s sex industry laws are failing.

Dr Roscoe Taylor says the law banning brothels puts sex workers at risk.

Dr Taylor says it fails both the industry and the public.

“From a public health and a human rights perspective,” he said.

Last year the then Attorney-General Lara Giddings announced her intention to overhaul the 2005 legislation that outlawed brothels.

A year on, she is the Premier and her successors are yet to follow up on her agenda.

Doctor Taylor says an industry overhaul is long overdue.

“I don’t see any reason for delay at this point in time.”

The Attorney-General Brian Wightman says he intends to release a discussion paper on the issue next month.