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What is a skin penetration business?

A skin penetration business is a business where procedures are applied to the body which penetrates the skin and have the potential to introduce micro-organisms into the body.

Some diseases can be transmitted as a result of unhygienic practices, procedures or person to person contact.

There are a diverse range of skin penetration premises operating in the Campbelltown Local Government Area (LGA). These businesses are required to be registered with us and are subject to regular inspections.

Skin penetration is an activity that includes any of the following procedures:

  • dry needling
  • beauty treatments, i.e. waxing, electrolysis
  • body, nose and ear piercing
  • colonic irrigation
  • cosmetic enhancement
  • tattooing
  • nail artistry and pedicures
  • microdermabrasion
  • derma-roller
  • semi-permanent makeup.

Premises not inspected by Council include:

  • Registered Medical Practioners
  • Dentistry's
  • Chiropractors
  • Osteopaths
  • Dental technicians
  • Nurses
  • Optical dispensers, Optometrists
  • Pharmacies
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychologists.

Home based hairdresser, beauty and skin penetration businesses

Hairdressers, beauty and skin penetration business from home still carries with it the same legal responsibilities and requirements as those that apply to commercial hairdressers, beauty and skin penetration premises.

To operate a hairdresser, beauty and skin penetration business from a residential premise a development application will need to be submitted to Council for prior approval.


Acupuncturists are required to be licensed with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency prior to operations commencing.

For further information, contact AHPRA on 1300 419 495.

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