Hairdressing Beauty and Skin Penetration


Owners, operators or proprietors of hairdressing, beauty and skin penetration premises are required under Local Government Act 1993 and Public Health Act 2010 to be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and suitably constructed to ensure hygienic conditions.

Skin penetration procedures not covered by this legislation includes procedures carried out in the practice of a registered medical practitioner, dentist, chiropractor, osteopath, dental technician, nurse, optical dispenser, optometrist, pharmacy, physiotherapist, podiatrist, psychologist. These professionals are governed by other legislation and infection control guidelines.

For any further questions related to Hairdressers, Beautician or Skin Penetration Services, please contact one of Council's Environmental Health officers on 6285 6268.

Inspections by Council

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council's Environmental Health Officers undertake regular inspections of hairdressers, beauty salons, nail technicians and premises involved in skin penetration, such as ear piercing, tattooing, acupuncture, hair removal and any other procedures prescribed by the regulations.

The Public Health Act 2010 and Local Government Act 1993 gives power to Environmental Health Officers (EHO's) to enter and inspection premises believed to be used to carry out skin penetration, hair and beauty procedures and to take certain action in relation to those premises.

These powers include:

  • Inspect the premises
  • Ask questions
  • Examine, inspect and test equipment
  • Take samples
  • Take photographs and videos
  • Require records to be produced
  • Examine and copy the records

Current Inspection Fees

The current inspection fees for hairdressers and beauticians is $140.00 and for premises with skin penetration is $165.00.*

(*Note: Fees are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of Council's Environmental Health Officers on (02) 6285 6246 if you are unsure of the fees)

In the case of Environmental Health inspections, fees were introduced to contribute to the costs of inspection, administration, education and compliance services. Council approved fees are charged once per financial year for inspection of hairdressing, beauty and skin penetration premises. A re-inspection fee may also be charged if a non-compliant premises requires more than the approved number of inspections in one financial year.


NSW Health Skin Penetration Code of Best Practice

NSW Health Guidelines on Skin Penetration

Requirements for the tattoo body piercing industry (January 2016) 

Requirements for the beauty industry (February 2016)

NSW Health publishes a wide range of materials that are available to the community and are available on the NSW Health Website, these include Skin Penetration Guidelines, the code of best practice and several factsheets.

The Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care Website also provides useful health information