Consent for body art

Body art is any process used to decorate, adorn or mark the body. This commonly includes tattooing or piercing.

Body art and tattoo businesses should follow the guidelines for infection prevention and control for their industry.

These procedures carry a high risk of transmitting both viral and bacterial infections.

Body art has an age of consent and we suggest beauty business staff always check for ID before undertaking any procedure.

In Victoria, it is illegal to tattoo any person under the age of 18 years, unless you have a written request from a medical practitioner which allows tattooing of minors for medical reasons.

A body piercer must not perform body piercing on a person under the age of 16 years unless written consent has been given in person to the body piercer by a parent or guardian.

Scarification, tongue splitting, branding and beading is prohibited on people under the age of 18 years.

There are fines associated with breaches of these laws.

Page last updated: Friday, 29 May 2020