Tattooist licence - Queensland


You will need this tattooist licence to perform body art tattooing procedures in Queensland.

Note that this licence does not authorise you to run a body art tattooing business, even if you work from home. If you want to operate a body art tattooing business, you will need a tattoo operator licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

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 you 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 within the last ten years
  • undertake a criminal history check
  • hold a current certificate in Maintain Infection Prevention for Skin Penetration Treatments (HLTINF005).


One or three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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You can find the current fees here.

Approval time

Processing time is between four and six weeks, but may vary due to checks conducted with external agencies. If the application is approved, the applicant will receive a licence issued by post.

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

Contact details

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