Tattoo Parlours Act 2013 - Queensland

Service summary

If you operate a tattooing business or perform body art tattooing procedures in Queensland you need to be licensed.

Individuals and businesses that only perform cosmetic tattooing procedures are exempt from the new licensing requirements.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms

Body Art Tattooing

A Tattooing procedure performed for decorative purposes.

Body art tattooing Business

A business which carries out body art tattooing procedures, whether or not the business also carries out other activities.

Cosmetic Tattooing

Include providing permanent makeup, such as eyeliner, lipliner and eyebrows or medical reasons to hide or correct a medical condition or post-operative outcome.

Application

Comply

From 1 July 2014, anyone who operates a body art tattooing business or who performs body art tattooing procedures without a licence or permit, or who is not covered by transitional arrangements, will be breaking the law and may be subject to penalties.

Tattoo operators

A tattoo operator that operates unlicensed faces penalties of up to:

  • $55,000 fine for the first offence
  • $77,000 fine for the second offence or 6 months imprisonment
  • $110,000 fine for the third offence or 18 months imprisonment.

Tattooist

A tattoo artist that operates unlicensed faces penalties of up to:

  • $55,000 fine for the first offence
  • $77,000 fine for the second offence or 6 months imprisonment
  • $110,000 fine for the third offence or 18 months imprisonment.

Employed tattooist to be licensed

You must not employ a tattooist who is unlicensed.  If you do, the following penalties apply:

  • $55,000 fine for the first offence
  • $77,000 fine for the second offence or 6 months imprisonment
  • $110,000 fine for the third offence or 18 months imprisonment.

Additional information

For applications submitted before 1 July 2014

  • An existing operator or tattooist who applies for a licence before 1 July 2014 will not be considered to be unlicensed, and therefore not subject to compliance infringement, before a determination is made.
  • A new operator or tattooist will be similarly regarded if they apply for a licence before 1 July 2014.

For applications submitted after 30 June 2014

  • An existing operator who applies for a licence after 30 June 2014 will be considered to be unlicensed and must therefore cease trading until a determination is made.
  • An existing tattooist who applies for a licence after 30 June 2014 will be considered to be unlicensed and must therefore cease performing procedures for fee/reward until a determination is made.
  • A new operator who applies for a licence after 30 June 2014 will be considered to be unlicensed and must therefore not trade until a determination is made.
  • A new tattooist who applies for a licence after 30 June 2014 will be considered to be unlicensed and must therefore not perform procedures for fee/reward until a determination is made.

Appeal

Appeal process

Lodgement

Information in relation to the lodgement of an application for a review of a decision can be obtained by visiting www.qcat.qld.gov.au or by phoning the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 1300 753 228.


Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Industry Licensing Unit

Regulation(s) name

Tattoo Parlours Regulation 2013 (Queensland)

Contact details

Queensland Government Service Centre
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Industry Licensing Unit


Operating address:
Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001

Phone:

13 QGOV (13 74 68)
IndustryLicensing@justice.qld.gov.au

Website:

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Supporting information

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