We register tattooists under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.


The registration process is the same as other Health businesses.


Inspections are carried out at least twice per year, if you don't solely use single use equipment.

Renewal of Health Registration is required each calendar year.

From time to time the Department of Health and Human Services will issue information relating to the tattoo process.

Chief Medical Officer advice can be found at Health Victoria website.

Did you know...

It is a criminal offence to tattoo anyone who is under the age of 18 even with parental consent?

Under the Summary Offences Act it is a criminal offence for anyone to tattoo or make a permanent mark (including feathering - eyebrow tattooing, scarification or branding) on anyone under 18 years of age, even if their parents give consent.

The fine for tattooing anyone under 18 years of age is 60 penalty units, which is over $9900 (based on the value of a penalty unit for the 2020-21 financial year).

The only exemption to this is with the written request of a medical practitioner (within the meaning of the Medical Practice Act 1994). This allows tattooing on a minor to occur for a medical reason. 

Need to know more...

Better Health Channel has information about tattoos and the associated risks.

Page last updated: Thursday, 25 June 2020