Close Associate - Queensland

Service summary

When you apply for an operator licence you must provide details of individuals, corporations, or other entities who may be close associates of the tattoo business.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Body art tattooing Business

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

Close associate

A person is a close associate if they:

  • have a financial interest in the business (ie a share capital, receive income, rent or profit)
  • have a relevant power (ie participates in a directional, managerial or executive decision, or elects or appoints any person to any relevant position in the business)
  • hold a relevant position in the business (ie director, manager, or secretary)
  • engage as a contractor or are employed in the business.

A financial institution that only has a financial interest in the business is not a close associate.

A close associate may be an individual or a corporation or other entity (eg, partnership or trust).  In addition, employees and staff members are defined as close associates.  For the full definition please refer to Section 4 of the act.

Eligibility requirements


Each close associate must complete a Close Associate Form (Form 1A).  Each form must be accompanied by certified photocopies of original identification documents.  Identification documents must total 100 points.  This information must be provided to the applicant to submit with their application.  The application will not be considered without the declaration and identification documents.

Prerequisites

Duration

Under the Act, the Commissioner of Police must make a security determination about the applicant and consider all the people who may affect the business, including all close associates.  Their written consent and identification documents are required to ensure each individual is correctly identified to enable the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to make a security determination. Secure information obtained about close associates (including results of a security determination) will be treated confidentially and will not be disclosed to third parties, such as the applicant except where required by the law. The operator licence application will not be processed without the close associate consent form.

Application

You must lodge your application with the Office of Fair Trading, we will check it and if there is an issue, we will contact you for clarification.  To assist processing, make sure you lodge your application form and close associates form(s) together. 

Your completed application (along with supporting documentation) will be given to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for a security determination and they will conduct their own investigation.


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.

Administering agency

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

Act(s) name

Tattoo Parlours Act 2013 (Queensland)

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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