Public Health Risk Activity Licence - Infection Control - Australian Capital Territory


You will be required to apply for this licence if you intend to provide a service where skin penetration procedures are undertaken. You will require this licence if you provide:

  • Acupuncture;
  • Beauty therapy;
  • Body piercing;
  • Dental practice services;
  • Dry needling;
  • Pathology services;
  • Podiatry services;
  • Tattooing; or
  • Nail salon services.

You will also be required to apply for procedure approval for any procedures that you undertake involving skin penetration.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


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


Please note that this licence is not required by businesses where the skin penetration procedures are only being undertaken by, or under the direct supervision of, registered medical practitioners.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must submit a completed and signed application form providing:

  • Details on the type of skin penetration you will perform;
  • Details of the premises that you intend to carry out the skin penetration from; and
  • A detailed sketch plan showing the layout of all fixtures, fittings, appliances and any other equipment to be installed on the premises.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Licences are usually issued for 1 year, however up to 3 year licences may be available subject to some limitations.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $172.00 1 year.
Apply Application All $344.00 2 years.
Apply Application All $516.00 3 years.
Transfer Transfer All $70.00 -


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Infection Control Activity Licence Application Form - PDF (Opens in new window)
Transfer All Transfer of Ownership - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.
Vary All Infection Control Activity Licence Variation Form - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Public Health Act 1997 ACT

Administering agency

Health Directorate

Population Health Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

General Enquiries, Health Protection Service

Population Health Division

Health Directorate

Operating address: Howard Florey Centenary House
25 Mulley Street
Australian Capital Territory 2611
Mailing address: Locked Bag 5005
Weston Creek
Australian Capital Territory 2611
Phone: 02 6205 1700
Fax: 02 6205 1705