In response to the spread of COVID-19, the Prime Minister has announced the National Cabinet has placed a ban on conducting all tattooing procedures in Australia until further notice.
This ban means tattooists and operators, including those with a mutual recognition from another state or territory, cannot perform any tattooing anywhere in Australia including their own home, until the government relaxes the restrictions. There is no estimated time as to when this will occur.
As a result, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is not issuing new licences for tattoo operators or tattooists and cannot grant mutual recognition in Queensland for a person holding an occupational licence or registration from another state or territory.
Mutual Recognition Description
In general terms mutual recognition means that any person holding an occupational licence or registration in a state/territory is entitled to a comparable licence or registration in another state/territory, where available, on lodgement of the proper notification and payment of the required fee. In relation to the Tattoo Industry Act 2013, this means that if you're licensed in another State or Territory, you can apply for mutual recognition to perform body art tattooing in Queensland.
Applicants under mutual recognition are licensed in Queensland:
Applicants can then perform body art tattooing services in Queensland until the licence is either granted or refused - providing the interstate licence remains current.
Email the OFT if you would like to request mutual recognition.