Personal Appearance Services


Hairdressing, beauty therapy or a skin penetration activity such as tattooing and body piercing are known as High Risk Personal Appearance Services and require a business licence from Council prior to providing these services.

High Risk Personal Appearance Services - Skin Penetration Establishment

Personal appearance services that involve any form of skin penetration is classed as a 'higher risk personal appearance service'.  Examples of higher risk personal appearance service include:

  • body piercing, other than closed ear or nose piercing
  • implanting natural or synthetic substances into a person's skin, e.g. hair or beads
  • scarring or cutting a person's skin using a sharp instrument to make a permanent mark, pattern or design
  • tattooing (including cosmetic tattooing or semi-permanent marking.

Employees who deliver high risk personal appearance services are required to complete an Infection Control qualification with an accredited training provider, a copy of your Statement of Attainment must be provided with you licence application to Council.

You will be required to complete the Application for Skin Penetration Establishment. Download the application form below.

Skin Penetration Establishment Application Form(PDF, 229KB)

Non-higher Risk Personal Appearance Services

Hairdressing, beauty therapy or skin penetration e.g. closed ear or nose piercing is a non-higher risk personal appearance service and does not require a licence from Council. 

Useful information

Further information on requirements on starting a personal appearance business is available by contacting Council on 1300 Council or by reviewing the below resources: