Health and beauty businesses

Overview

In Nillumbik, all personal care and body art businesses must be registered with Nillumbik Shire Council and follow regulations to help minimise health risks.

Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 you must register the place of business (premises) where you provide personal care and body art services.

Personal care and body art businesses include:

  • hairdressing
  • beauty therapy treatments including: makeup, waxing, threading, manicures, pedicures, spray tans, microdermabrasion and facials
  • colonic irrigation
  • tattooing and cosmetic tattooing
  • body and ear piercing
  • makeup
  • skin penetration procedures including: dry needling, micro-blading, laser and electrolysis
  • wet cupping

Note: all commercial tanning units are banned in Victoria.

 

Before you apply to register

Are you starting a new health and beauty business or changing an existing health and beauty business? To avoid costly mistakes:

 

Meeting public health requirements

Infection prevention and control is important so that you do not transmit a disease or infection to yourself or your clients.

The Department of Health and Human Services publish infection prevention and control guidelines for hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries.

These guidelines help those involved in the healthy and beauty industries to comply with requirements in the:

  • Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (the Act)
  • Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019

Visit the health.vic website to get the infection prevention and control guidelines for hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries.

 

Approved notices and information sheets

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 require:

  • the display of a Department of Health and Human Services approved notice about the scope of registration.
  • Department of Health and Human Services approved information about the risks and safeguards associated with certain processes to be given to clients (tattooing, ear piercing, body piercing or other skin penetration processes).

Visit the health.vic website to get more information on notices about scope of registration and client information sheets.

 

Inspections

Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, our Environmental Health Officers can inspect any business that is involved with providing health and wellbeing services.

We conduct inspections without giving prior notice, at any time during business trading hours. Our inspections focus on a wide range of issues including:

  • cleanliness of premises and equipment
  • personal hygiene
  • sterilisation processes
  • record keeping

 

Registering your health and beauty business

You must register your place of business (premises) with the local council in which it is located.

Exemptions from registering

If your business is operated by and within the scope of practice of a registered health practitioner under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, you may not need to register with the local council.

Registered health practitioners listed below do not need to register their business. All other registered health practitioners, for example physiotherapist or osteopath, must register their business if undertaking skin penetration procedures.

Exempt health professionals

  • Dentists
  • Medical practitioner
  • Nurses or midwives
  • Podiatrists
  • Acupuncturists registered with the Chinese Medicine Board or other registered health practitioner endorsed by their National Board to practice as an acupuncturist
  • Pharmacists for the purposes of administering vaccines (not for other skin penetration practices, for example, ear piercing) 

The registering body for exempt professionals is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)  For further information please visit the AHPRA website.

Registering a new health and beauty business

Submit your application

When you are ready, complete your registration using the Application for registration of a health premise form.

Submitting your application includes:

  • Paying the relevant registration fee. Please see the schedule of fees and charges here.
  • Submitting a floorplan of the business, displaying all equipment and sink locations
  • Submitting a list of services to be provided

After your application is received, an Environmental Health Officer will review the submitted documents. The Officer will then contact you to arrange an appointment to meet onsite and conduct a Risk Assessment. A report will then be issued listing any non-conformances. Following the final inspection, a Certificate of Registration will be issued.

Buying and transferring an existing health and beauty business

If you are purchasing a health and beauty business that has an existing business registration, an application must be made to Council to transfer the registration to the new owner of the business.

Pre-purchase inspection 

We advise arranging a pre-purchase inspection before entering into a contract to purchase an existing food business. A pre-purchase inspection will inform you of any outstanding items or structural requirements placed on the business. A pre-purchase inspection may also help with negotiating the settlement with the existing proprietor. Contact the Environmental Health team (9433 3340 or health.services@nillumbik.vic.gov.au) to arrange a pre-purchase inspection.

Transfer of registration 

When settlement of a business purchase is complete, you can start the process of transferring a health and beauty business already registered with Nillumbik Shire by: 

  • Completing the Application to transfer registration of health premises form
  • Paying of relevant registration fee. Please contact Council for the relevant fee for your health and beauty premises
  • Submitting a floorplan of the business, displaying all equipment and sink locations
  • Submitting a proposed list of services to be provided

Renewing your health and beauty business registration

Operators of health and beauty businesses must renew their business registration each year. An exception applies to Hairdressers who are not required to renew as they have an ongoing registration.

When to renew 

We will send you a renewal application in October/November. If any of your contact or business details have changed you will need to update the information on the form and return it to us by email or post.

You must pay your renewal by the end of December. From 31 December, any health and beauty business that fails to pay for their renewal is considered unregistered.  

How to renew

You can pay your renewal fee online via our website

Alternatively you can also visit our Shire Office in Civic Drive, Greensborough to make a payment in person. 

If you need any help with your renewal payment please contact Environmental Health on 9433 3340.

 

Complaints about health and beauty businesses

If you want to make a complaint about a health or beauty business in Nillumbik, please contact:

Environmental Health
Phone: 9433 3340 
Email: health.services@nillumbik.vic.gov.au