Tattooing and piercing businesses

Tattooing, ear and body piercing are considered public health risk activities, as they involve skin penetration.

These practices must be undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the Public Health Act 1997 (Part 5, Divisions 3 and 4) and the Guidelines for Tattooing and the Guidelines for Ear and Body Piercing.

Any person performing skin penetration practices must have a licence to conduct a public health risk activity. You can obtain a licence by completing a Public Health Risk Activity Application Form (Operator).(DOCX, 66KB)

The premises where a public health risk activity is to be conducted must also be registered by completing a Public Health Risk Activity Application Form (Premises).(DOCX, 64KB)

Each operator must also submit a questionnaire at the time of applying for registration, specific to their operation (i.e. Tattooing and/or body and ear piercing). 

Questionnaire – Body and Ear Piercing(DOCX, 142KB)

Questionnaire – Tattooing(DOCX, 145KB)