Hairdressers & Barbers

A hairdresser is any person, including a barber, who shaves, cuts, trims, dresses, waves, curls, stains or dyes the hair of any person. Safe disposal of sharps equipment, appropriate handling of single-use items, adequate cleaning and disinfection processes for reusable items and adequate health and hygiene of the entire establishment overall are essential to prevent the risk of infectious disease transmission to members of the public. Head lice control procedures are also important within hairdressing establishments in order to prevent the spread of the parasite.

Applications for a hairdressing establishment must be submitted to the Town’s Environmental Health department for assessment and approval. There are special considerations and restrictions for home-based hairdresser establishments which are outlined in the Town’s Environmental Health Guidelines for Home-based Businesses. Environmental Health Officers carry out regular compliance inspections of hairdresser and barber establishments to ensure compliance with the Hairdressing Establishment Regulations 1972.

Useful links:

Application for Hairdressing Establishment

Environmental Health Guidelines for Home-Based Businesses

Hairdressing Establishment Regulations 1972 

DRAFT Public health guideline for the hairdressing and barber industry 

For further information, please contact the Town’s Environmental Health department on 9158 9300.