Tattooist Licence - Queensland


A tattooist licence authorises a person to perform body art tattooing procedures in Queensland.  It does not authorise the licensee to run a body art tattooing business, even if he or she works from home.  An operator licence is required if you want to operate a body art tattooing business, including working from your home or anyone else's home.

You cannot be employed to work as a body art tattooist in Queensland unless you hold a tattooist licence or a visitor permit.  If you are visiting from overseas and intend to work as a body art tattooist you need a permit.  If you live in Australia and have a tattoo licence in another state/territory you may be entitled to mutual recognition of a comparable licence in Queensland.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Must Have

To be eligible for a licence you must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • not be subject to a relevant control order or registered corresponding control order that restricts you from carryig 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 with Queensland Police Service.

You must also hold a current certificate for Maintain Infection Prevention for Skin Penetration Treatments.


Application process

You can lodge your application with the Office of Fair Trading at the address below, or at a Queensland Government service centre.

Applications will be assessed by the Office of Fair Trading. Please note it may take some time to process the application. Once the application has been approved the applicant will receive a letter and licence.

If your application fails, we will send you a letter to explain the reason/s for the decision.

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

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)
Website: Office of Fair Trading (Opens in new window)