Persons intending to operate a hairdressing, beauty therapy or body art business must register the business with the Department of Health.
Beauty Therapy is defined as an activity intended to maintain, alter or enhance a person's appearance for payment or reward, other than a cosmetic surgical or medical procedure undertaken by a health practitioner registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law. Examples of beauty therapy include: treatment of the face or body, the application of cosmetics, manicure or pedicure, the application of artificial nails, the application of semi-permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooing.
Body Art is defined as an activity intended to permanently decorate or adorn a person's skin or permanently alter a person's appearance other than a surgical or medical procedure. Examples of Body Art include: tattooing, ear piercing, body piercing or body modification.
Guidelines to assist proprietors can be found at http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Environmental_Health/Legislation/index.aspx
It is recommended that prior to operation, plans are submitted to the Environmental Health Office for assessment.