Australia Beauty Regulations

Most of the states in Australia don’t have licensing laws for practitioners in the beauty industry. There are only three states that strictly require registrations, certifications or licenses for hairdressers or barbers. The remaining states are unregulated but have business and/or public health laws.

This page shows you what you need to consider when starting a beauty business, the public health and safety aspect and how to become a beautician in Australia. 

Simply click the states you want to visit to know the different regulations for the various beauty services:

Business Licenses, Permits and Registrations

Beauty practitioners who are interested in building their own salons, barbershops or spas need to consider the business side of things. Australia has specific instructions or regulations in building businesses, and a state may have strict rules on licenses, permits and registrations of salons and other beauty establishments.

A license, for example, is issued locally, allowing a business to legally operate. It protects the employees, clients and the business itself. Licenses vary by state, and each has its rules and conditions.

A permit is also locally given by a state. It ensures safe business operations, making the salon, barbershop or spa ideal for practising different beauty treatments.

Registration may be required for some beauticians to make them recognised practitioners. Requirements also differ by state, and professionals are expected to comply to avoid violations.

When it comes to insurance, companies do not ask for nor do they require any specific education or license. They are only insuring the business.

Further details about the business aspect of beauty salons and spas are given here:

Public Health and Safety

Australia is also strict with the health and safety aspect of the public and salon employees in the beauty industry. Each state has its own health department that governs the safety of everyone. Health laws focus on sanitation and hygiene in establishments, including operations.

There may be regular inspections conducted by a health professional to ensure cleanliness is observed all the time. Things to check may include proper waste disposal, proper storage of the tools and equipment, ventilation, tools, equipment and staff hygiene and more.

Why Take a Beauty Training Program?

Despite the convenience of gaining the necessary skills in beauty through experience, getting professionally trained is still the best option. You can always choose a non-accredited program as it doesn’t need to be a recognised course you should enrol in if your place is unregulated.

The following are excellent reasons to get a beauty course:

Practical Training

Practical training makes the learning process more effective. Beauty programs train you in theory and practical skills, and most of them focus more on the practical aspect. Practical training allows you to have a real-salon experience as you provide services to real clients.

Access to the Latest Equipment

Professional training also lets you have easy access to modern salon tools and equipment. You’ll learn how to use or operate the tools and become highly skilled with them. Also, you’ll have a better idea of which equipment is best for the salon you want.

Skilled Trainers

Trainers in beauty programs are also very skilled and experienced. They have the best knowledge and expertise about the industry, and they guide you in your career. They also provide helpful tips to make you the best beautician and the latest techniques that are in demand in the industry today.

How to Become an Excellent Beauty Practitioner in Australia

Choose Your Field

The beauty industry is broad, and you may need to focus on a single area to get started. The major industries you can check out are hair, skin care and nails. Choose one and start from there.

If you opt for learning multiple skills, you can always become a beauty therapist. Many program providers offer beauty therapy courses to train you in all aspects.

Take a Beauty Course

If you’re living in an area without licensing regulations for beauticians, you don’t need to take government-recognised beauty courses. Many non-accredited programs offer quality training and comprehensive curriculums that help you master the skills successfully. Just make sure to check out the curriculum of the course you’re interested in to ensure the subjects offered are what you really want to learn.

Become a Certified Beautician

Graduate from the course and get certified. This allows you to take the next step in your career, whether you need to take a licensing exam or apply for a job. Your certificate serves as proof of your hard work in training and completing the education you need.