Personal Appearance Services

Whether accidental or not, personal appearance services that involve skin penetration can spread blood-borne diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C and are therefore considered 'higher risk' activities. These diseases are spread by blood-to-blood contact due to contaminated instruments from an infected person being used on another person without adequate precautions.
 
The correct construction, maintenance and operation of a higher risk personal appearance service ensures the risk of infection is minimised by the client and the operator. Licensing is an important part of providing safe higher risk personal appearance services. 
   
Council is responsible for licensing higher risk personal appearance services in accordance with the Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 and Queensland Development Code Part 5.2 - Higher Risk Personal Appearances Services. 
 
The main purpose of the Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 is to minimise the risk of infection that may result from the provision of personal appearance services. The Act requires a person who personally provides a higher risk personal appearance service to hold an infection control qualification.

The Infection Control Guidelines are provided for personal appearance services to help minimise the risk of infections. The guidelines provide information on how to protect operators and clients and are based on current infection control practice.

The Queensland Development Code Part 5.2 - Higher Risk Personal Appearances Services purpose is to minimise the risk of infection in a place of business where higher risk personal appearance services are provided.

The Act requires Council to monitor the standard of operations in personal appearance services premises. This monitoring is achieved by providing for the licensing of higher risk personal appearance services.
 
Please contact our Customer Service Centre on 4913 5000 for Personal Appearance Service forms.
  1. Who requires a LIcence?

    The Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 states 'A person must not carry on business providing higher risk personal appearance services unless the person holds a licence authorising the person to carry on the business'. It is an offence under the Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 for a person to carry on business providing higher risk personal appearance services unless the person holds a licence authorising the person to carry on the business. A licensee must not provide higher risk personal appearance services from premises unless the premises are stated on the licensee's licence.

  2. Who does not require a Licence

    Premises that provide non higher risk personal appearance services do not require a licence. Even though these premises do not require a licence, the businesses still must comply with the Infection Control Guidelines and ensure all reasonable precautions and care to minimise the risk of infection to clients is undertaken.

  3. Making an Application for a Licence

    If you are wish to operate a higher risk personal appearance service in the Livingstone Shire Council area, you are required to obtain a licence from Council by completing an application. The following information will assist you in ensuring your application is complete and that you have considered everything that is required with submitting an application.

  4. Buying/Taking over an Existing LIcence

    If you are taking over a business from an existing operator, you will need to determine whether the business holds a current licence and the current status of the premises. It is a requirement that the existing operator notify the buyer of the need to hold a licence certificate.

  5. Infection Control Qualifications

    The Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 requires a person who personally provides a higher risk personal appearance service to hold an infection control qualification.

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