Skin Penetration Activities

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Skin penetration includes the following activities:

  • Tattooing
  • Ear, nose, and body piercing
  • Cutting nail cuticles
  • Hair removal (with the exemption of laser hair removal)
  • Cosmetic enhancement and semi-permanent make-up
  • Beauty treatments which involve deliberate penetration or removal of the skin, such as microdermabrasion, micro-needling (e.g. derma rolling) and extractions during facials
  • Any other procedure prescribed by the regulations (which currently includes colonic lavage)

This does not include any procedure carried out by a health practitioner registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, or by a person acting under the direction or supervision of a registered health practitioner in the course of providing a health service.

All beauty salons and other premises where skin penetration activities have been carried out have a legal obligation to notify Council and are routinely inspected in order to ensure their compliance with the Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012.

Council charges an inspection fee for inspections that are carried out.

Notify us online now:

Notification of Skin Penetration Procedures