Higher risk personal appearance service licence - Quilpie Shire Council - Queensland


You will require this licence if you have a business which provides higher risk personal appearance services. Higher risk personal appearance services refer to skin penetration procedures in which the release of blood or other bodily fluid is an expected result.

Examples of higher risk personal appearance services include:

  • body piercing
  • cosmetic tattooing
  • tattooing
  • tattoo removal using micro needles.

You can only provide these services from the premises stated on the licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Businesses providing higher risk personal appearance services need to ensure their premises comply with the building standards in MP 5.2 of the Queensland Development Code.

People who personally provide higher risk personal appearance services must achieve the competency standard HLTINF005 - Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments. Business proprietors of higher risk services must ensure people they employ or use to provide services achieve this competency standard. For further information, contact the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, faculty of Community Services and Health - telephone (07) 4694 1968.

Details of the competency standard are available at www.training.gov.au. Alternately, contact Council or the Communicable Diseases Branch of Queensland Health on (07) 3328 9724.


No more than three years

Application process


To apply for this licence, you must:

  • complete the approved application form
  • pay the prescribed fee.

With your application you must include:

  • A plan showing all equipment, benches, storage cupboards, sinks, non-hand touch hand basin, door / window openings, location of staff areas and chemical / cleaning equipment storage areas to a suitable scale (e.g. 1:100).
  • Cross-sectional drawings through separate areas of the storage and customer service areas. Details are to include finishes to walls, floors and ceilings, heights of fixtures from floors and benches, junctions of walls and floors and lighting provisions to a suitable scale (1:150).
  • A site plan showing location of premises regarding other premises, including wastewater treatment devices, waste storage area and staff toilets, to a suitable scale.
  • Details of location and types of sterilising equipment and laundry facilities for sanitising towels, wraps and any other relevant items.

Lodgement process


To notify the council of your intention to provide services as a mobile business, you must provide:

  • your higher risk personal appearance service licence
  • your employees' infection control qualification
  • the dates you intend to operate
  • locations you intend to operate.

Notification must be by phone, email, letter, fax or other means of written communication. If you notify the council by phone you must immediately confirm the details provided by letter, fax, email or other means of written communication.

Additional information

If you are operating in more than one location within one council area, you only require one licence as long as all locations are on your licence.

If you have a mobile business, you only need a licence from the council where you store your vehicle. You can use your licence all over Queensland, as long as you notify the council at least seven days before you intend to operate in their area. It may be less than seven days if the council agrees to the lesser period.

Businesses may have in place a COVID Safe Framework. This refers to:

  • where there is an approved plan for the business, activity or undertaking
  • where there is no approved plan and a COVID Safe Checklist is in place
  • where the business elects not to operate under an approved plan and instead elects to use a COVID Safe Checklist.

As of 20 October 2020, if your business is following an industry COVID Safe Plan, you will be able to offer services to the maximum number of people you can fit on your premises. You must comply with the rule of having one person per four square metres for indoor spaces greater than 200 metres. Smaller indoor spaces less than 200 square metres can have one person per two square metres, up to a maximum of 50 people at a time. Businesses must ensure everyone is kept 1.5 metres from others (outside their family or group) where possible. This is to be maintained by all workers and visitors.

Businesses which elect to not have in place a COVID Safe Framework may only operate the business for a maximum of 50 people, with no more than one person per four square metres and physical distancing observed.

Personal appearance businesses must collect contact information from patrons, contractors, and staff. This is for contact tracing purposes and the information must be destroyed after 56 days.

Offences exist in relation to higher risk personal appearance services. Legislative requirements must be complied with to ensure you are not in contravention of any legislative provisions.

Administering agency

Quilpie Shire Council

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Quilpie Shire Council

Operating address: 50 Brolga Street
Quilpie, Queensland 4480
Mailing address: PO BOX 57
Quilpie, Queensland 4480
Phone: 07 4656 0500
Fax: 07 4656 1441
Email: admin@quilpie.qld.gov.au
Website: Quilpie Shire Council (Opens in new window)