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To establish a beauty business in Australia, you will need to prepare and register a variety of legal documents. Key requirements include:

  • Registering your business name with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
  • Obtaining Workers' compensation insurance and business insurance (e.g. public liability, professional indemnity).
  • Securing Council approval (if operating from a commercial premise) and a lease agreement (if renting premises).
  • Having Health and safety policies and procedures in place.
  • Complying with privacy and data protection policies and procedures.
  • Obtaining an Australian Business Number (ABN) and registering for Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • Applying for the relevant licence (depending on the nature of beauty services you're providing).

Yes, in some cases, you will need a licence to run your beauty business. The type of licence you need will depend on your location and the specific beauty services you wish to offer.

For example, the following beauty professions require a licence:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Ethetician
  • Nail technician
  • Barber
  • Massage therapist

The Hair and Beauty Industry Award is the modern award covering employers in the hair and beauty industry. It sets out requirements around your employees' leave entitlements and salary, specific to the beauty industry.

If you need help, our regulatory compliance lawyers can assist you with your legal obligations under this award. Our team can chat you through your options and guide you through any relevant processes.

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