Health Guidelines for Personal Care and Body Art Industries - Victoria


You will need to comply with these guidelines if you work in the personal care and body art industry. These guidelines assist workers involved in the personal care and body art industry to comply with legislation, by providing information on:

  • how infection can be potentially associated with the procedures employed in the industry
  • precautions to be taken to protect clients and employees.

The guidelines also provide information on general matters that may be useful to the industry in performing its practices, and on infection control in general. The personal care and body art industry covers activities under five general headings:

  • beauty therapy procedures, including waxing, facials and nail treatments
  • physical therapies, including massage and spas
  • hairdressing
  • body art, including tattooing and body piercing
  • colonic irrigation.

These guidelines are not intended to replace industry specific guidelines for personal care and body art body premises. Proprietors and operators should also consult with their professional organisations and other organisations relevant to aspects of their business.

These guidelines should be used as a guide to best practice and as a reference tool for people associated with the industry, including environmental health officers.

Service type

Advisory Material

Advisory material provides advice and guidance in undertaking a business.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Health

Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Unit

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