The Department of Health and Human Services has recently released the new infection control guidelines for the hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries. The new guideline replaces the health guidelines for personal care and body art industries which were released in 2004.
The information on this page is summarised in conjunction with the new guidelines to help the business owners in the hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries to comply with requirements in the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (the PHWA 2008) and the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (the PHWR 2009).
If you take over a business in existing premises, ensure the premises has current registration with the local council, you need to apply to transfer the registration to your name before you can start trading. If you plan to start your business in new premises, you should consult with the council planning department and environment health officer to discuss the proposal before you choose a site. Building fit-outs may require a building permit from the building department.
Note: Massage or muscle stimulation businesses are not required to be registered by local government but they are still required to follow the guidelines relevant to their industry.