Tattoo Industry Act 2013 - Queensland

Description

If you operate a tattooing business or perform body art tattooing procedures in Queensland you need to be licensed.

Individuals and businesses that only perform cosmetic tattooing procedures are exempt from the new licensing requirements.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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

Regulation(s) name

Tattoo Industry Regulation 2013 QLD

Application process

Comply

From 1 July 2014, anyone who operates a body art tattooing business or who performs body art tattooing procedures without a licence or permit will be breaking the law and may be subject to penalties.

Tattoo operators

A tattoo operator that operates unlicensed faces penalties of up to:

  • $63,075 fine for the first offence
  • $88,305 fine for the second offence or 6 months imprisonment
  • $126,150 fine for the third offence or 18 months imprisonment.

500 penalty units ($63,075) for a first offence, 700 penalty units ($88,305) or 6 months imprisonment for a second offence and 1000 penalty units ($126,150)

Tattooist

A tattoo artist that operates unlicensed faces penalties of up to:

  • $63,075 fine for the first offence
  • $88,305 fine for the second offence or 6 months imprisonment
  • $126,150 fine for the third offence or 18 months imprisonment.

Employed tattooist to be licensed

You must not employ a tattooist who is unlicensed.  If you do, the following penalties apply:

  • $63,075 fine for the first offence
  • $88,305 fine for the second offence or 6 months imprisonment
  • $126,150 fine for the third offence or 18 months imprisonment.

Appeal process

Lodgement

Information in relation to the lodgement of an application for a review of a decision can be obtained by visiting www.qcat.qld.gov.au or by phoning the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 1300 753 228.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Fair Trading

Industry Licensing Unit

Contact details

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Industry Licensing Unit

Office of Fair Trading

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Operating address: Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Email: IndustryLicensing@justice.qld.gov.au
Website: Office of Fair Trading (Opens in new window)