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 guidelines replace 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 2019.
If you are planning on taking over a business in an existing premises, you will need to ensure the premises has current registration with the local council. You will need to apply to transfer the registration into your name before you can start trading. If you plan to start your business in a new premises, you should consult with the council's Business Enabling department to discuss the proposal before you choose a site. Business Enabling has a dedicated team to help guide your business through the application process.
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.