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


If you have a business which provides higher risk personal appearance services (body piercing, cosmetic tattooing or tattooing) you must hold a licence and only provide services from the premises stated on this licence.

This does not apply to personal appearance services provided in a health-care facility (e.g. cosmetic surgery) or at a declared health service (e.g. acupuncture).

Acupuncture is not considered to be a personal appearance service and will continue to be regulated under Chapter 4 of the Public Health Act 2005. Acupuncture premises do not need to be registered.

Massage provided by a massage therapist is not a personal appearance service.

COVID-19 Update

As at 1 June 2020, under Stage 2 of Queensland's Roadmap to easing restrictions, tattooists have been permitted to reopen and have up to 20 customers at any one time in their business premises providing they have a COVID Safe Checklist in place.

In addition, tattoo operators must also comply with the general requirements placed on all industries by the Chief Health Officer under the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction, including that:

  • there is no more than one person per 4 square metres
  • the 1.5 meter social distancing rules are observed
  • you keep contact information for all guests and staff for 56 days for tracing purposes.

Licence applications/renewals

During the period tattooists could not operate, the OFT provided you the opportunity to either:

  • withdraw your application and seek a refund or
  • allow OFT to hold your application, pending the lifting of the ban.

Now that restrictions have been eased, we will recommence processing the applications which were placed on hold.
If you need to renew your licence, please mail it to;

Industry Licensing Unit,
GPO Box 3111, Brisbane QLD 4001. 

More information

For more information, read the Tattoo industry FAQs on impacts of COVID-19 fact sheet.
Please also check the Office of Fair Trading website to keep up to date with the latest information on COVID-19. 

Contact us

If you have any questions please email us at ilu@justice.qld.gov.au and one of our officers will contact you as soon as possible.

Fair trading information and advice is also available on our website 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

COVID-19 or coronavirus further information

Further information regarding COVID-19 or coronavirus is available on the Queensland Government's COVID-19 website or the Queensland Health website.

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 contract to provide services achieve this competency standard. For further information visit the TAFE Queensland website or phone 1800 308 233.

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


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

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

Whitsunday Regional Council

Contact details

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Environmental Health and Local Laws Unit

Whitsunday Regional Council

Operating address: BOWEN
67 Herbert Street
Bowen QLD 4805
Operating address: CANNONVALE
Shop 23 Whitsunday Plaza
Cannonvale QLD 4802
Operating address: COLLINSVILLE
Cnr. Stanley and Conway Streets
Collinsville QLD 4804
Operating address: PROSERPINE
52 Main Street
Proserpine QLD 4800
Mailing address: PO BOX 104
Proserpine, Queensland 4800
Contact us phone: 1300 972 753
Fax: 07 4945 0222
Email: info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au
Website: Whitsunday Regional Council (Opens in new window)