- beauty treatments
- body, nose or ear piercing
- colonic lavage
- cosmetic enhancement, and
- And any other types of body decorating industries that involve penetration of the skin.
Medical and allied health professionals operate under separate legislation and infection control guidelines. Procedures carried out by barbers and hairdressers, and procedures where skin penetration is not intended as part of the process are not considered to be skin penetration procedures. These are not covered by the legislation.
EHOs from the Public Health Unit conduct compliance surveys of skin penetration premises, conduct training with local Council EHOs, and prepare media releases about the laws and issues relating to skin penetration practices.
It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18, unless parental consent is given. Breaches of this legislation are investigated and administered by the NSW Department of Community Services.
There are no age limits set in NSW for body piercing.