Hair, Beauty & Skin Penetration


scissors and comb iconWhat you need to know

The Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 regulates body decorating and grooming practices carried out by people who are not registered as health professionals. The regulated body decorating and grooming industries include: acupuncture; beauty treatments (including waxing); body, nose and ear piercing; cosmetic enhancements; colonic lavage; tattooing; and blood cholesterol and glucose measurement.

Hairdressing and other body decorating and grooming practices which do not deliberately pierce the skin are not regulated.

The Regulation specifies procedures to prevent disease transmission, requires operators to be registered with Council and empowers environmental health officers to carry out inspections.

Registration requirements

All hairdressing salon, beauty salon or business in the Kiama Municipality are required to be registered with Council by completing the Hairdressing, Beauty and Skin Penetration Registration Form.

In particular those businesses that perform the following skin penetration procedures are required to register under the Public Health Act 2010:

  • acupuncture
  • tattooing
  • ear piercing
  • hair removal
  • body piercing
  • hair removal using wax or electrolysis
  • cosmetic enhancement and semi-permanent make-up
  • and any beauty treatment which involves the deliberate penetration or removal of the skin.

Council's Kiama Development Plan 2012 includes Chapter 18 Hairdressing, Beautician & Skin Penetration which must be complied with.

Infection control

There is significant risk of transmitting infectious diseases through skin penetration, hairdressing and beauty therapy operations. Operators therefore need to adopt appropriate procedures to minimise these risks.

The New South Wales Health Department provides a variety of fact sheets to assist businesses in maintaining a high level of hygiene to avoid any infections:


The following public health legislation and resources have been prepared to assist skin penetration practitioners and regulatory agencies protect public health. 

NSW Health - Control of Skin Penetration Procedures

Public Health Act 2010 - Skin Penetration Procedures - Extract

Public Health Regulation 2012 - Extract