NSW Fair Trading administers the Hairdressers Act 2003 (the Act), which prohibits unqualified individuals from acting as hairdressers.
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:
It is therefore very important that you, or your supervisor if you are an apprentice, have relevant 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.
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.
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.
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.
Hair and Beauty Australia Industry Association
Suite 304/5 Hunter Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: 1800 997 795
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