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Skin penetration

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. The regulated industries include:

  • 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.

If your business performs any of the procedures listed above, you must register your business with Council.


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 they are being operated and maintained appropriately in compliance with the Act and Regulation.

The Regulation also specifies procedures to prevent disease transmission.

The procedures carried out by hairdressers and other body decorating and grooming practices which 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 following registration form:

You can then email your registration form to us:

or, you can mail it to:

  • Public and Environmental Health Team, Eurobodalla Shire Council, PO Box 99 MORUYA NSW 2537.

More information

NSW Government Health has a variety of fact sheets available for your information:

We can help you

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