Mutual Recognition of a Tattooist Licence - Queensland

Service summary

In general terms mutual recognition means that any person holding an occupational licence or registration in a state/territory is entitled to a comparable licence or registration in another state/territory, where available, on lodgement of the proper notification and payment of the required fee.  In relation to the Tattoo Parlours Act 2013, this means that if you're licensed in NSW, you can apply for mutual recognition to perform body art tattooing in Queensland.

Applicants under mutual recognition are licensed in Queensland:

  • when they get a receipt for the application fee (for either 1 or 3 years)
  • if they hold a current, equivalent licence at the time of lodgement.

Applicants can then perform body art tattooing services in Queensland until the licence is either granted or refused - providing the interstate licence remains current.

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

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.

Eligibility requirements


Must Have

To apply:

  • be 18 years or older and an Australian citizen or resident
  • not be a controlled person of a declared criminal organisation Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act 2012
  • state whether the licence will be for a term of 1 or 3 years
  • complete Tattoo Parlours Form 6 - Application for mutual recognition of a tattooist licence
  • submit 2 recent passport photos that have been certified by either a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner of Declarations, Notary Public, Barrister or Solicitor
  • provide certified copies of approved identification documents totalling 100 points
  • pay the appropriate licence fee and lodge the application
  • consent to having your finger and palm prints taken at a designated police station (when requested).

Prerequisites

Duration

Please note it may take some time to process your application.  We will process licence applications as quickly as possible but, as other government agencies are involved in the approval process, applications may take some time to progress.  As such, people are encouraged to lodge their applications as soon as possible.

Fees

TypeAmountDescription
Application$219.70

1 year licence fee

Application$457.30

3 year licence fee

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. 

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.  At this point in time, you will be required to have your finger and palm prints taken by a trained QPS officer.  You will be advised in writing on the process.

Note:  Licence applications under the Tattoo Parlours Act 2013 can only be lodged by mail.


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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