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.

A higher risk personal appearance service involves any of the following skin penetration procedures, in which the release of blood or other body fluids is an expected result:

  • Body piercing, other than closed ear or nose piercing;
  • Implanting natural or synthetic substances into a person's skin (eg. 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 sem-ipermanent makeup), or 
  • Any other skin penetration prescribed under a regulation.