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Skin penetration businesses

The Public Health Act 2010 (the Act) and Public Health Regulation 2012 (the Regulation) regulates body decorating and grooming practices carried out by people who are not registered as health professionals.

You must register your business with Council if your business performs:

  • acupuncture
  • beauty treatments
  • body, nose and ear piercing
  • cosmetic enhancements
  • colonic lavage
  • blood cholesterol and glucose measurement
  • microdermabrasion
  • tattooing
  • any other procedure (whether medical or not) that involves skin penetration such as hair removal using wax or electrolysis, cosmetic enhancement and semi-permanent makeup, and any beauty treatment which involves the deliberate penetration or removal of the skin.


The Regulation requires operators of skin penetration procedures to be registered with Council and empowers Environmental Health Officers to carry out inspections, when needed, to ensure businesses are being operated and maintained in compliance with the Act and Regulation.

The Regulation also specifies procedures to prevent disease transmission.

Procedures carried out by hairdressers and other body decorating and grooming practices that do not deliberately pierce the skin are not regulated or covered by the legislation.


Council keeps a public health register of all businesses that carry out skin penetration procedures.

You can register your business with Council by completing the registration form:

Then returning your completed form to us by:

More information

If you need more information about skin penetration, please contact our Public and Environmental Health Team: