Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearances Services) Act 2003 - Queensland


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.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

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Additional information

From 1 July 2005, people who personally provide higher risk personal appearance services must achieve the competency standard HLTIN402B Maintain Infection Control Standards in Office Practice Settings. Business proprietors of higher risk services must ensure people they employ or use to provide services achieve this competency standard by 1 July 2005.  For information on training organisations offering courses contact Department of Education and Training.

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 minor's parent or guardian consented to the piercing.

The Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000 contains information about 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.

A voluntary Australian Solarium Standard (AS/NZS 2635:2002 Solaria for Cosmetic Purposes) can be obtained from Standards Australia.

If you require further information please contact your local council.

Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

The administration and enforcement of this Act is a function of Local Government.

Authorised officers have powers to enter and search premises, seize evidence and serve notices on proprietors to comply with the legislation.

Failure to comply with a notice is an offence and may incur a fine. Offences may be prosecuted in court and a conviction can result in suspension or cancellation of your licence.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

A procedure is provided in Part 7 of the Act for a review of a primary decision under the Act.

Administering agency

Queensland Health

Communicable Diseases Unit

Communicable Diseases Surveillance Prevention and Control

Contact details

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Communicable Diseases Surveillance Prevention and Control

Communicable Diseases Unit

Queensland Health

Operating address: Queensland Health Bldg, 147-163 Charlotte Street
Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 48
Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3234 0111
Website: Queensland Health (Opens in new window)