Visiting Overseas Body Art Tattooist Permit - Queensland

Service summary

If you live outside of Australia and wish to visit Queensland to perform body art tattooing procedures for a fee or reward, you must apply for a visitor permit.

A visitor permit may be issued for a maximum of 31 days with a maximum of 2 permits per person per year.

If you live in Australia and are not licensed but want to visit Queensland to perform body art tattooing procedures, you must apply for a full tattooist licence.

If you live in Australia and have a tattoo licence in another state/territory you may be entitled to mutual recognition of a comparable licence in Queensland.

Service type


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 not be an Australian citizen or resident
  • not be a controlled person of a declared criminal organisation as defined in the Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act 2012
  • complete Tattoo Parlours Form 5 - Application for visiting overseas body art tattooist permit
  • provide a copy of your passport and visa
  • provide evidence of the premises where you will do the body art procedures
  • pay the appropriate licence fee
  • lodge the application


An application for a permit must be made at least 28 days before the proposed commencement date for the permit.  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.



Permit fee


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.

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

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


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


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