The purpose of this Act is to minimise the risk of infection that may result from the provision of personal appearance services.
This legislation applies to beauty therapy, hairdressing and skin penetration procedures such as tattooing and body piercing, which is provided as part of a business transaction.
There are two categories of personal appearance services, higher risk and non-higher risk.
Businesses that offer non higher risk personal appearance services are not required to hold a licence, but are required to comply with the Public Health (Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 and the Infection Control Guidelines. If you are a new business, local council may require you under a local law to notify them within 30 days after starting the business. Check with your local council whether you are required to notify them. A copy of the guidelines is available from the Queensland Health website.
This Act does not apply to personal appearance services provided in a health-care facility (eg. cosmetic surgery).
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.
As at 1 July 2004, acupuncture premises no longer need to be registered.
Massage provided by a massage therapist is not a personal appearance service.