Tattoo operator licence - Queensland


You will need this licence to operate a body art tattooing business. This licence authorises you to run a body art tattooing business (whether on your own or manage it for another person) at the location specified on the licence.

If you are self-employed and run your own a body art tattooing business, you will not need a separate tattooists licence unless you operate at another tattoo studio.

In your application, you must nominate where you will operate the body art tattooing business. If your business has various locations, a separate operator licence is required for each location where a body art tattooing business is conducted.

If you already have a licence from another Australian state or territory, you may be entitled to mutual recognition. This will convert your existing licence into a valid Queensland licence.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

An application for a tattoo operator licence must be made by an individual. If the business is owned by a corporation, partnership or trust, the licence application can only be made by an individual nominated by the organisation to be the business manager.

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • be an Australian citizen or Australian resident
  • not be subject to a relevant control order or registered corresponding control order that restricts the person from carrying on a business, engaging in an occupation or performing an activity that requires a licence
  • not be convicted of a prescribed offence under the Act where a conviction was recorded within the last 10 years
  • undertake a criminal history check.


1 or 3 years


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Application process


By law, the police need to take your finger and palm prints. You will be contacted after you lodge your application form to explain what you need to do.

Appeal process


If your application is refused, the Office of Fair Trading will issue a notice of refusal and statement of reasons for the decision.

If you disagree with the decision, you may apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for review.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Fair Trading

Industry Licensing Unit

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