Change text size:   Increase font size   Reduce font size  |   Print page:   Print this page
  |   Contact us   
 
nosection
English
/Factsheet_print/Businesses/Specific_industries_and_businesses/_Hairdressers.pdf
/mobile0c9a66/common_res/global/images/pdf.gif
Standard fact sheet.

Hairdressers 

NSW Fair Trading administers the Hairdressers Act 2003 (the Act), which prohibits unqualified individuals from acting as hairdressers.

Hairdressers must be qualified 

An individual must not act as a hairdresser for a fee, gain or reward unless the individual is qualified as a hairdresser.

An individual is qualified to act as a Hairdresser if one or more of the following applies:

  • The individual has a SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing from a registered training organisation,
  • the Vocational Training Review Panel has determined that the individual is adequately trained to pursue the recognised trade vocation of hairdressing (because the individual has qualifications obtained somewhere other than in New South Wales),
  • the Vocational Training Review Panel has determined that the individual is adequately trained to pursue the recognised trade vocation of hairdressing (because the individual has acquired the competencies of the recognised trade vocation),
  • the individual has at any time held, or been taken to have held, a licence under Part 6 (Regulation of the hairdressing trade) of the Shops and Industries Act 1962, other than a licence limited to carrying out beauty treatment only.

It is therefore very important that you, or your supervisor if you are an apprentice, have relevant qualifications.

Top of page

Apprentices do not require qualifications 

An apprentice (under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001) who acts as a hairdresser does not require qualifications.

They are however, required at all times to be under the direct control and supervision of someone who is qualified.

Top of page

Requirement to produce qualifications to authorised Fair Trading Officers 

If an authorised Fair Trading Officer has reason to believe that an individual is acting as a hairdresser but is not qualified to do so, they can serve you with notice requiring you to produce your qualifications. Failure to do so is an offence.

Top of page

Register your business name 

If you conduct business as an individual and want to trade under a business name that is not your own name, you must register that business name.

If you conduct business through a company and want to trade under a business name that is not the company's name, you must register that business name.

To register, renew or search for a business name, visit the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) website at www.asic.gov.au.

Top of page

Consumer guarantees 

You and your staff have responsibilities under the Australian Consumer Law for the services you provide. For example, you must provide services with due care and skill, that are of sufficient quality. You can find more information on the Guarantees on services when selling page on the Fair Trading website.

Top of page

Useful contacts 

NSW Fair Trading
Tel: 13 32 20
www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

Hair and Beauty Australia Industry Association
Suite 304/5 Hunter Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: 1800 997 795

Top of page

Get a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader so you can access PDF versions of our information.