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Skin penetration, beauty therapy and hairdressing

Skin penetration can be defined as a procedure where the skin is cut, torn, punctured, shaved or penetrated in any way. This includes most procedures/treatments carried out by tattoo, body piercing, beauty therapy and accupuncture businesses. 

The following Department of Health fact sheets provide more information on skin penetration:

Age laws


 The age limit for getting a tattoo is 18 years of age. The age limit for piercing depends on the part of the body to be pierced:

  • a person must be 18 years or over to get an intimate body piercing (regardless of parental consent)
  • a person must be over 18 to get any non intimate body piercing (e.g. belly button) unless parental consent is provided
  • a person must be over 16 to get ones ears pierced unless parental consent is provided.

The above age limitations are regulated by the Department of Child Protection.

Beauty therapy

Only some beauty therapy treatments are regulated by health laws, this includes electrolysis, tweezing, waxing, lancing and any other treatment where the skin is cut, torn, punctured, shaved or penetrated in any way. The Department of Health's advice for the beauty therapy industry fact sheet has more information.

To apply  for a beauty therapy business you must have planning approval. Contact our planning services team on 08 9432 9999 or email planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au. Additionally if any of the above (skin penetration) treatments will be carried out in your proposed business you must also complete the a skin penetration premises application and submit it to the City of Fremantle. Contact our environmental health services team on 08 9432 9999 or email health@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

Tattooing

Tattooing is a form of skin penetration and premises must comply with the Health (Skin Penetration) Regulations 1998. If you want to conduct tattooing, you must have planning approval. Contact our planning services team on 08 9432 9999 or email planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au

You must then complete the skin penetration premises application form and submit it to the City of Fremantle. Contact our environmental health services team on 9432 9999 or email health@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

Body and ear piercing

Body and ear piercing is a form of skin penetration and premises must comply with the Health (Skin Penetration) Regulations 1998. The Department of Health the use of ear piercing/nose piercing guns fact sheet has more information.

If you want to conduct body or ear piercing you must have planning approval. Contact our planning services team on 08 9432 9999 or email planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au. You must then complete the skin penetration premises application and submit it to the City of Fremantle. Contact our environmental health services team on 08 9432 9999 or email health@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

Manicures, pedicures and acrylic nails 

The Department of Health's advice for the beauty therapy industry fact sheet advices that manidures and pedures are semi-critical skin penetration procedures. The Department of Health Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) use of MMA in nail products fact sheet has more information on the use of MMA.

If yu wish to operate as a nail business offering maincures or pedicures you must have planning approval. Contact our planning services team on 08 9432 9999 or email planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au

You must then complete the a skin penetration premises application and submit it to the City of Fremantle. Contact our environmental health services team on 08 9432 9999 or email health@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of skin penetration and premises must comply with the Health (Skin Penetration) Regulations 1998. To apply to conduct acupuncture clinic you must have planning approval. Contact our planning services team on 08 9432 9999 or email planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au

You must then complete the a skin penetration premises application and submit it to the City of Fremantle. Contact our environmental health services team on 08 9432 9999 or email health@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Hairdressing

Hairdressing premises are governed by the Hairdressing Establishments Regulations 1972. Cut throat razors are permitted to be used only with an interchangeable single-use blade. The Department of Health use of cut throat razors in the hairdressing industry fact sheet has more information.

If you want to have a hairdressing business, you must have planning approval. Contact our planning services team on 08 9432 9999 or email planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au. You must complete the hairdressing establishment application and submit it to the City of Fremantle. Contact our environmental health services team on 9432 9999 or email health@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Massage

In Western Australia there are currently no provisions under the Health Act 1911 regulating massage therapy. However there are still standard precaustions massage therapists should take. See the Department of Health's advice for massage therapists fact sheet for more information. 

If you want to operate as a massage business, you must have planning approval. Contact our planning services team on 08 9432 9999 or email planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au.


Contact us

Environmental health services
City of Fremantle
Town Hall Centre
8 William Street
Fremantle
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9430 4634
E health@fremantle.wa.gov.au

  

Useful links

Department of Health
Code of practice for skin penetration premises 
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