New South Wales

New South Wales (NSW) only regulates hairdressers/hairstylists in the beauty industry. Other beauty professionals are not required qualifications or registrations to begin their careers.

Regulated Beauty Service in New South Wales:

Regulated Beauty Service in New South Wales


Hairstylists in NSW have qualifications to meet based on the Hairdressers Act 2003. The Act requires practitioners a Certificate III in Hairdressing given by a registered training organisation as the primary qualification.

Those without the certificate but have training qualifications outside NSW, have adequate training in hairdressing and have met the standards of the panel (Vocational Training Review) may also qualify. Practitioners with a license, Part 6 of the hairdressing trade regulation, can become qualified hairdressers as well.

The Act also highlights that individuals without proper qualifications are prohibited from earning as hair professionals.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in New South Wales


Barbers are not required a professional license or formal qualification in NSW. Practitioners are expected to possess the proper skills through training or experience to offer professional barbering services.

Nail Technician

NSW as well as the rest of the states don’t require qualifications to practise nail services. Aspirants can train online or in class or learn through experience.

Makeup Artist

There are no formal requirements for becoming a makeup artist as well. Interested individuals can practise as soon as they are skilled enough to offer client services.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists don’t have a regulatory board that creates standards for practice in the state. Licenses or any equivalent qualification are not implemented, allowing aspirants to choose how to get skilled in the industry.

Waxing Technician / Spray Tanning Technician / Lash Technician / Facialist

Beauty therapists offer these services and are not regulated. NSW doesn’t have licensing rules for practice in this profession, allowing beauticians to earn without formal qualifications.