Higher Risk Personal Appearance Service Licence - Rockhampton Regional Council - Queensland

Description

Council is responsible for licensing higher risk personal appearance services in accordance with the Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003, the Infection Control Guidelines and Queensland Development Code Part 5.2 Higher Risk Personal Appearances Services.

The main purpose of the Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 is to minimise the risk of infection that may result from the provision of personal appearance services. The Act requires a person who personally provides a higher risk personal appearance service to hold an infection control qualification.

The Infection Control Guidelines are provided for personal appearance services to help minimise the risk of infections. The guidelines provide information on how to protect operators and clients and are based on current infection control practice.

The Queensland Development Code Part 5.2 Higher Risk Personal Appearances Services purpose is to minimise the risk of infection in a place of business where higher risk personal appearance services are provided.

The Act requires Council to monitor the standard of operations in personal appearance services premises. This monitoring is achieved by providing for the licensing of higher risk personal appearance services.

Who requires a Higher Risk Personal Appearance Services Licence?

The Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 states A person must not carry on business providing higher risk personal appearance services unless the person holds a licence authorising the person to carry on the business.

It is an offence under the Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 for a person to carry on business providing higher risk personal appearance services unless the person holds a licence authorising the person to carry on the business. A licensee must not provide higher risk personal appearance services from premises unless the premises are stated on the licensees licence.

A higher risk personal appearance service involves any of the following skin penetration procedures, in which the release of blood or other body fluids is an expected result:

  • body piercing, other than closed ear or nose piercing; and
  • implanting natural or synthetic substances into a persons skin (eg. hair or beads); and
  • scarring or cutting a persons skin using a sharp instrument to make a permanent mark, pattern or design; and
  • tattooing (including cosmetic tattooing or semipermanent makeup); and
  • any other skin penetration prescribed under a regulation.

Who does not require a Higher Risk Personal Appearance Services Licence?

Premises that provide non higher risk personal appearance services do not require a licence. Even though these premises do not require a licence, the businesses still must comply with the Infection Control Guidelines and ensure all reasonable precautions and care to minimise the risk of infection to clients is undertaken.

Service type

Licence

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

Exemptions

Businesses not requiring a licence include:

  • hairdressers; and
  • beauty therapists providing facial or body treatments including the application of cosmetics, manicures, pedicures, application of, or mending artificial nails and hair removal by electrolysis or wax; and
  • skin penetration procedures that are not high risk services such as closed ear or nose piercing; and
  • acupuncture services.

Eligibility requirements

Infection control qualification.

The Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 requires a person who personally provides a higher risk personal appearance service to hold an infection control qualification.

The required qualification is competency standard HLTIN402C - Maintain Infection Control Standards in Office Practice Settings, which is endorsed by the Australian National Training Authority. You may be able to achieve the competency standard without doing the training course by producing documentary evidence of your competency and being assessed by a training organisation that is registered to deliver and assess the standard.

A copy of the certificate of attainment for competency standard HLTIN402C - Maintain Infection Control Standards in Office Practice Settings for each proposed operator must be submitted with your application.

Duration

The licence may be issued for three years, or for a shorter period at the discretion of the local council.

Act(s) name

Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 QLD

Application process

Contact council for more information on the current application process and relevant form.

Additional information

It is an offence under the Summary Offences Act 2005 to pierce the genitals or nipples of a minor (a person under 18 years) as part of a business transaction, or to tattoo a minor. It is no defence that the minors parent or guardian consented to the piercing.

The Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000 contains information regarding the disposal of waste (including sharps disposal).

It is illegal for a person to administer, apply, inject, sell or give away a scheduled anaesthetic or pain reducing substance to another person unless they are endorsed under the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 to do so.

Administering agency

Rockhampton Regional Council

Contact details

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Rockhampton Regional Council

Operating address: Gracemere Office
1 Ranger Street
GRACEMERE Q 4702
Operating address: Rockhampton Office
232 Bolsover Street
Rockhampton
Queensland 4700
Operating address: Mount Morgan Office
32 Hall Street
Mount Morgan Q 4714
Mailing address: PO BOX 1860
Rockhampton, Queensland 4700
Phone: 1300 225 577
Fax: 1300 225 579
Email: enquiries@rrc.qld.gov.au