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Hairdressers/Barbers, Beauty Salons & Skin Penetration Activities

Hairdressers/Barbers, Beauty Salons & Skin Penetration Activities

Skin Penetration Activities

Skin Penetration includes the following activities:

  • Tattooing
  • Ear/nose/body piercing
  • Cutting nail cuticle
  • 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, microneedling (e.g. derma rolling) and extractions during facials, and
  • Any other procedure prescribed by the regulations (which currently includes colonic lavage).

Note: 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.

Notification of skin penetration procedures form - click to download

Download the Notification of skin penetration procedures form and return to:

Wingecarribee Shire Council
Civic Centre, Elizabeth St,

Moss Vale NSW 2577

Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au
Fax: 02 4869 1203

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

Hairdressers/Barbers, Beauty salons

Those hairdressers/barbers and beauty salons that don’t carry out skin penetration procedures (see above) are required to comply with the standards specified in the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (Schedule 2) and may be inspected to ensure compliance with the standards.


External linkPublic Health Act 2010 - Skin Penetration Procedures
External linkPublic Health Regulation 2012 - Extract
External linkLocal Government (General) Regulation 2005 - Schedule 2 

Fact Sheets 

External linkBeauty treatment - hygiene standards 
LinkBody piercing - hygiene requirements 
LinkCleaning and Disinfection of Foot Spas 
LinkColonic lavage (or colonic irrigation) - hygiene standards 
LinkHairdressing and barbers - hygiene standards 
LinkHow to sterilise your instruments 
LinkNail treatment (manicures and pedicures) - hygiene standards 
LinkTattooing and other body art - hygiene standards 
LinkWaxing - hygiene standards

Further Information

For further information please contact:


Phone: 02 4868 0888


Last Updated: October 8th, 2020
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