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Body Art & Skin Penetration

Body Art includes tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, body piercing, branding, scarification, braiding, three-dimensional art such as beading or devil’s horns and any other process that decorates or adorns the body by means of implantation, or the permanent marking of skin by means of injection, incision or heat.

These procedures involve a high risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses and bacterial infections that can be transmitted by unclean and non-sterile equipment and unhygienic procedures and premises. Every client and worker is at risk if proper infection procedures are not performed. Client’s skin should be clean and free of infection and all instruments used in skin penetration practices must be sterile at the time of use.

Body art establishments are required to be registered with the Council. Please refer to the Registered Premises web page for further information.
For the guidelines and procedures that your body art establishment should follow, please read the General Requirements, Risk Management and Body Art section of the Health guidelines for personal care and body art industries.

For client information on various body art procedures, please select the relevant link below.

Body Piercing
Oral Piercing
Tattooing

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